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12:00 AM, August 13, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 13, 2008

Barisal election mystery

Barisal, the Venice of Bengal , had some mysterious anecdotes since long. But now the city mayor's election under strict emergency rule made Barisal even more vulnerable to mysterious happenings. When we were getting bored watching the one sided election results on the night following 4 August, Barisal came with the unusual jerk, so desperately needed to break the boredom. Brushing aside all the predictions, a candidate supported by a newly formed and recently divided King's party came to limelight marginally following the main candidate. Fortunately, I am married to a not-so-mysterious Barisal woman, who has a lot of politically informed relatives. I used my mobile phone to know about the whole drama. The end of the drama became tragic for the surprise candidate. We could see on television the helpless face of the returning officer declaring the number of votes polled by different candidates but he refrained from declaring the highest vote gatherer as winner.
We hope the Election Commission will look into the matter in depth.

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