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Afghan vote audit stalls again

Attempts to resume the audit of Afghanistan's presidential election stalled yesterday as candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed over the criteria to address alleged fraud in the June run-off election. Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani agreed to the inspection of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the June 14 poll in a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, but the recount has since faced several suspensions as the candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots. The audit had been expected...

8 candidates boycott polls

8 candidates boycott polls

Eight chairmen candidates, six BNP-backed, today boycotted the fourth phase of the upazila election in Khulna, Barisal and Bhola alleging vote rigging and ouster of their agents by ruling party men. Three vice-chairman candidates also stayed away from the election on the same allegation. Six BNP-backed chairmen candidates also alleged that the election officials were...

7 candidates boycott polls

7 candidates boycott polls

Seven including five BNP-backed chairman candidates in Barisal, Bagerhat, Feni and Shariatpur districts boycotted today's upazila election alleging ouster of their agents and voters at different centres by ruling party men.    Meanwhile, the local authorities suspended voting at a centre in Daganbhuiyan upazila of Feni and another centre in Monirampur of Jessore as...

Netrakona BNP rebel candidate man gunned down

Netrakona BNP rebel candidate man gunned down

Supporters of a BNP-backed candidate gunned down an activist of a rebel candidate of the party for March 23 election in Madan upazila of Netrakona over tearing off a poster this morning. Genu Miah, 35, was an activist of the party’s rebel candidate, Additional Superintendent of police Delwar Hossain confirmed this to The Daily...

BCL man hurt in Gazipur AL clash

A BCL activist was injured during a clash between the supporters of the Awami League-backed and rebel chairman candidates in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur today. It was not clear immediately how he sustained the injuries but police say he came under the wheels of a vehicle during the clash while a doctor states she saw marks of bullet injuries in his head. Victim Al Amin, 21, is a supporter of the AL rebel candidate and an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League...

Upazila Polls

Hasina for single AL candidate

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has directed her party's grassroots leaders to finalise a single chairman and vice-chairman candidate for each upazila ahead of the upazila parishad polls. She asked the leaders to select candidates through consensus. If they fail to pick a candidate this way, she advised them to finalise the candidate through voting, party sources said. Polls will be held in 215 upazilas on February 19 and 117 upazilas on February 27 in the first phase, according to the...

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