GCC polls: EWG finds faults at 46% centers
Abrar Hussain: The Election Working Group (EWG) announced yesterday that nearly half of all polling centers had irregularities during the Gazipur City Corporation election held Tuesday.
Speaking at a press briefing held on the election that saw the ruling Awami League’s candidate win by a landslide margin ahead of the national election, the election monitoring group said it found irregularities at 46.5% of the polling centers in the city, reported The Daily Star.
The irregularities they found include ballot stuffing, campaigning within 400 yards of polling centers, presence of unauthorized persons in the polling booths, incidents of violence, biased position of the law enforcers, and bar on voters to cast votes.
Specific irregularities were found at 46.5% centers, said Director of EWG Dr Md Abdul Alim.
The EWG is a non-partisan network of 28 leading civil society organizations in Bangladesh that was formed in 2006 with the goal of enhancing transparency and accountability of elections and other democratic processes in the country.
The election monitoring group revealed the observation by studying election at 129 centers among the total 425 centers across which the elections were held.
Citing their observations, the group alleged the presence of Awami League polling agents at 96.9% of the centres and BNP polling agents at 81.4%.