BNP now alleges 'digital rigging'
BNP yesterday alleged that 'digital' vote rigging in Monday's national election led to its stunning defeat.
It was 'absolutely impossible' to cast 87 percent of total votes (EC estimate) in the stipulated time for casting vote, said Rizvi Ahmed, office secretary of the party.
"In every polling booth across the country, the number of votes cast was shown to be 398.5 on an average in the stipulated time (8:00am to 4:pm). So, it was nothing but a magical trick," he said at a press briefing at the BNP chairperson's Gulshan office.
Explaining this, Rizvi said, "It needs about two to three minutes to cast a vote but the estimate of total votes cast shows that the voters got less than one minute each for this."
He also said percentage of votes cast could have been about 66.4 at best, and in no case 87 percent
The mastermind behind the vote rigging has failed to adjust the estimate of vote casting with vote rigging, the BNP leader commented.
Party leader Illias Ahmed, who contested the election from Sylhet, alleged that he found hundreds of ballot papers carrying 'sheaf of paddy' seal (BNP's poll symbol) abandoned near Dohal Primary School polling centre.
He showed reporters three such ballot papers at the press briefing.
Rizvi also alleged that AL men have resorted to repression on BNP men in different areas of country, including Tangail, Chittagong and Munshiganj.