At least 624 ballot papers marked with stamp on the 'cup and plate' symbol of the AL-backed chairman candidate were found yesterday at Salzan Government Primary School centre in Sadar upazila where election was held on March 15.
On information, local administration and police recovered the ballot papers from a classroom of the school.
Assistant Returning Officer Subrata Kumar Paul, also the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO), said the ballot papers bearing signature of the presiding officer and poll symbol of AL-backed candidate Syed Ashfaqul Islam were found on the floor of a classroom.
According to the results announced by the returning officer, Ashfaq got 955 votes while BNP-backed candidate Md Shariful Islam bagged 265 votes at the polling centre.
Ashfaq claimed that the ballot papers found in the classroom of the school remained uncounted. “District and local administration worked against me and manipulated the election results,” said the ruling party-blessed candidate.
Contacted, Returning Officer Jamil Ahmed, also the additional deputy commissioner of Kishoreganj, said they are investigating the matter
Monzurul Islam, district election officer, said they have filed a general diary (GD) with Kishoreganj Police Station and the persons involved in the incident will be punished after proper investigation.
The supporters of Syed Ashfaqul Islam took out a procession in the area yesterday, demanding a recount of votes of the centre and proper investigation into the incident.
BNP-backed chairman candidate Md Shariful Islam won the election, securing 62,797 votes while AL's Ashfaqul Islam got 49,897 votes.