The Election Commission was successful in holding elections to 97 upazila parishads in a free and fair manner, said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday.
The first phase of the elections was held peacefully with some stray incidents of violence, he told reporters yesterday evening at the EC Secretariat's media centre.
About the BNP's allegations of vote rigging, he said, "Local government elections are non-partisan in nature. So it is not of much importance if any political party raises any allegation.
"Rather, a candidate can raise allegations. We have taken their allegations seriously."
The CEC also said, "We requested the candidates to place their allegations before the returning officers so that they could take immediate action. We have directed all electoral officials to act as per law."
"We took all necessary measures to hold the polls fairly and peacefully. We think we have succeeded in doing that," the CEC said.
About the voter turnout, he said, "It is not possible to say anything about it just now. We will be able to inform you of the matter it after the completion of the ballot count."
Voting in some polling centres was suspended due to violence, including in Bogra, Barisal, Dhaka, he said, adding, "I cannot inform you of the exact figure [of such centres] just now."
However, EC sources told The Daily Star that voting in at least 12 centres had to be suspended.