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Upazila Election

6th phase UZ polls May 19

6th phase UZ polls May 19

Election to 14 upazila parishad across the country will be held on May 19 in sixth phase, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad declared today. According to the polls schedule, the last date of filing nomination paper is April 24 while the papers will be scrutinised on April 26. The last date for withdrawal...

'AL supporters' occupy 30 Feni centres

'AL supporters' occupy 30 Feni centres

Supporters of ruling Awami League-backed candidates have occupied more than 30 out of 47 polling centres at Chhagalnaiya upazila in Feni. Vote rigging and ballot stuffing at different centres marked the fifth phase of upazila election in the district, reports our correspondent. The AL-men captured the centres and ousted the agents of other aspirants from...

Voting peaceful: AL

Voting peaceful: AL

The ruling Awami League today claimed that the fifth phase of upazila elections took place in a peaceful manner as the Election Commission has taken all necessary measures. AL Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak said this at a press conference after 4:00pm at the party president’s Dhanmondi office in the capital. Election to 73 upazila parishads took place between 8:00am and 4:00pm today amid allegations of widespread vote rigging by the ruling party men. Responding to a query about BNP’s allegation that the EC has failed to hold fair election, the AL leader replied that the commission has successfully conducted the polls and the government has duly cooperated to make the...

Thakurgaon upazila polls suspended

Thakurgaon upazila polls suspended

The Election Commission has suspended election to Thakurgaon Sadar upazila, which was scheduled for tomorrow, following a High Court directive for postponement. The election was scheduled to be held on March 31 along with 73 other upazilas across the country in the fifth and final phase of the upazila election. The HC directive came on...

Locals besiege Gazaria police station

Locals besiege Gazaria police station

Locals today besieged Gazaria Police Station in Munshiganj demanding the arrest of killers of a local Chhatra League leader. Mahbubur Rahman alias Jhoton, law affairs secretary of Gazaria upazila unit of BCL, succumbed to his injures at a hospital in Dhaka on Monday, a day after he was injured during post-upazila election violence. The election...

'Alhamdulillah, we are satisfied'

The Election Commission yesterday claimed the fourth-phase upazila elections were free, fair and peaceful, though four people were killed and more than 150 injured in violence during the voting.   "Barring stray incidents of violence, the voting was fair and peaceful. Alhamdulillah, we are satisfied with the voting atmosphere," said Election Commissioner Abdul Mobarak, who is discharging duties of Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, now abroad. Candidates' desperate attempts to secure victory led to violence in some places, Mobarak said...

AL-backed candidate wins Kaliakoir polls

AL-backed candidate wins Kaliakoir polls

Awami League-backed candidate Rezaul Karim Russel has won the chairman post of Kaliakoir upazila in Gazipur in the fourth phase of the upazila elections. With the victory, the ruling AL has secured 53 chairman posts in the polls held yesterday in 91 upazilas of the country. Habibur Rahman, assistant returning officer and upazila nirbahi officer,...

FOURTH-PHASE UPAZILA POLLS

Counting on after voting marked by violence

Counting on after voting marked by violence

Violence, leading to the death of an Awami League leader, marked the fourth phase of upazila election today. Meanwhile, counting of votes began immediately after the end of voting at 4:00pm. The voting began at 8:00am and continued for eight hours without any break. Apart from clash between supporters of contesting candidates, attack on a polling...

Fairest polls so far: AL

Fairest polls so far: AL

The ruling Awami League has claimed today's upazila parishad election was "fairer" than the previous three phases "as the Election Commission contained law and order situation with iron hands". HT Imam, co-chairman of AL Election Management Committee, came up with the claim as reports of at least four deaths came during the election marked by ballot box stuffing and snatching mainly by alleged activists and supporters of the ruling party. Eight chairman candidates boycotted the election citing rigging as voting was cancelled at three centres and suspended at 13 centres. Briefing reporters at party president's Dhanmondi office after the voting, HT Imam, also the prime minister's adviser for political affairs, expressed satisfaction...

Editorial

Pre-electoral violence at Sreepur

WHAT was supposed to be a party-less character of upazila election has not only seen openly party backed candidates in the fray but also something beyond that crossing the line which cannot bode well for the next round of upazila elections. Violence has started gripping the pre-electoral scenario. Internecine rivalry between the ruling party blessed contestants is translating into fierce locking of horns. The case in point is Saturday's violent clashes centring around upazila election scheduled for March 15...

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