Sejuti Mourin: Shus-hashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) has claimed the recent Khulna City Corporation elections were marked by “peaceful rigging”, adding that there is no scope to term it free, fair and flawless, reports The Daily Star.
“We feel the Khulna City Corporation elections were a questionable one,” said Dilip Kumar Sarkar, central coordinator of Shujan at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
He added that people’s credibility and confidence that the Election Commission had gained following the Rangpur City Corporation elections has been lacking in the KCC elections.
Sujan added that the KCC polling atmosphere was fearful for some candidates despite there being no noticeable incidents of violence.
Election Commission had no control over the law enforcers, Shujan President Hafiz Uddin claimed at the conference.
On May 15, Awami League mayor candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque won the Khulna City Corporation polls, which has received criticism for alleged irregularities like heavy showdown by the ruling party in and around polling stations, ballot stuffing and driving out polling agents of rival group.
Khaleque got 1,74,851 votes while his rival from the BNP Nazrul Islam Monju bagged 1,09,251 votes.
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