BNP submits memos to DCs instead of siege

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday submitted memorandums to deputy commissioners protesting at ‘widespread vote fraud and capture of polling stations by ruling party men’ during the third phase of upazila elections held on March 15.
Earlier, the BNP had announced ‘siege’ of the DC offices for the day but instead the party submitted the memorandums only.
BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told New Age that the party had submitted memorandums containing their demands to the DC offices in Dhaka and other districts.
In Dhaka, a delegation led by BNP
district unit president Abdul Mannan submitted the memorandum to deputy commissioner Sheikh Yusuf Harun at his office in Old Dhaka around noon.
BNP law affairs secretary Ziaur Rahman Khan
and a few activists were present.
After submitting the memorandum, Mannan said the violence centring the polls had increased in the third phase of upazila elections. ‘We want free and fair elections… We have placed the demand in the memorandum.’
‘The DC assured us that the matter would be taken into consideration and said he would discuss it with high officials’, Mannan said.
Rizvi on Tuesday announced the progremme alleging capture of polling stations and violence to snatch upazila election results in favour of the ruling party-backed candidates.
The programme was also aimed to protest against the ‘assault’ of BNP-backed candidates, violence, killings and ‘enforced disappearance’ centring the upazila polls.
New Age district correspondents reported that local leaders of BNP had submitted memorandums peacefully to the DCs.

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