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After Khulna polls, Election Commission starts soul-searching quietly

Abrar Hussain: The Election Commission (EC) has claimed it will learn from its experience in conducting the polls in Khulna city and correct possible ‘flaws and shortcomings’ in future, rep­orts Bdnews24. According to the organization, the election in Khulna last week saw a voter turnout of 62% in 286 polling centers, although voting was postponed in 3 centers due to “irregularities”.
The EC argued that the election was held in an “excellent, nice and festive” environment despite BNP’s allegations of rigging in more than 100 centers.
Election Commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam did not find it abnormal when more than 90 percent votes were cast at some centers in the local election, claiming that voters were “excited” following successful campaigns by the candidates.
“Yes, there was only a single ballot left to be stamped in a centre, but it had 247 of its votes cancelled; we cannot claim 90% votes were cast,” he told
“We had suspended voting in three centers when there was a complaint of irregularities, but it never happened that voters couldn’t vote as ballot papers were all used up,” he said.

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