09:17 PM, December 30, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:24 PM, December 30, 2018

Ganosamhati Andolon boycotts polls

Zonayed Saki, chief coordinator of Ganosamhati Andolon, boycotted today's election citing irregularities, including vote rigging and capturing of polling stations by ruling Awami League men.

"We are completely rejecting such election. We demand formation of a new Election Commission under a neutral government," he told the media in a briefing at the party's central office in Hatirpool area of Dhaka.

He said the 11th parliamentary polls was "much like the voter-less election of 2014" and "intended to lead Bangladesh towards corruption, looting and repression."

Ganosamhati Andolon had three candidates contesting the election from three constituencies: Zonayed Saki for Dhaka-12, Syed Mohammad Hasan Maruf for Chattogram-10 and Md Zulhas Nine for Pabna-1.

"Our experience of repressions and rigging were same in every polling station," Saki said.

Ganosamhati's poling agents were kicked out of polling stations and assaulted in almost every centre of Dhaka-12 constituency as well as in Chattogram and Pabna, he alleged.

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