BNP rejects Khulna polls results, seeks CEC’s resignation
Sejuti Mourin: BNP has rejected the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election results, the allegation an ‘unprecedented vote rigging’ as well as other irregularities.The party also demanded the resignation of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda for what it claimed to be his ‘inability’ to hold a ‘fair and impartial’ election, reports UNB.“I, on behalf of our party, reject the results of Khulna City Corporation election,” BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told a press conference yesterday at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office in the capital.He also alleged that the current government has exercised its ‘illegal’ power to snatch the people’s voting rights in the Tuesday’s polls.“It can’t be a healthy election system the way supporters of paddy sheaf (BNP’s election symbol), were subjected to harassment and obstruction at polling stations. The supporters of boat (AL’s election symbol) established their limitless supremacy.”“They (AL men) stuffed the ballot boxes within a few minutes at many centres, but the on-duty magistrates overlooked such activities,” Rizvi claimed.He also questioned the possibility of over 65% votes being cast despite there being a low voter turnout.“We think the turnout of voters could be less than 30%. Voters couldn’t go to most polling stations due to attacks and obstruction by ruling party cadres,” Rizvi added.Rizvi also alleged that the Election Commission has neither any good intentions nor ability to hold a fair and neutral election. “That’s why people witnessed an unprecedented festival of vote rigging in the KCC polls.”On Tuesday, Awami League’s mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek was declared the winner in the KCC polls through a landslide victory, defeating BNP’s Nazrul Islam Manju.