Vote stopped in 12 centers at Amtali

March 31, 2014

Voting stopped in 12 centers at Amtali upazila of Barguna district on grounds of vote rigging allegations by BNP backed and Awami League rebel candidates just after 2 hours of commencing the poll Monday morning. Md. Abdullah, Amtali upazila nirbahi officer, also assistant returning officer, said, he ordered to stop voting as he received allegations about ballot stuffing prior to voting hours and found unusual numbers of vote casting in 12 centers in the upazila.
Meanwhile, BNP backed chairman candidate Abul Kalam Azad and AL rebel chairman candidate Salahuddin Ahmed of Amtali upazila declared that they had boycotted the election.
They both complained to the UNO about the gross vote rigging at around 9:00am.
BM Delwar, AL backed chairman candidate of the upazila, however, denied allegations of rigging by his men and demanded resumption of the poll. He said rival candidates were afraid of being defeated and therefore, raised such allegations.
Abul Kalam Azad Rana, BNP backed chairman candidate of Bamna upazila declared at about 11:00am that he was not with the poll anymore on grounds of occupying vote centers and stuffing ballot boxes by AL cadres with the help of local police station officer in charge.
Officer in charge of Bamna police station Rafikul Islam denied all allegations and claimed that police were performing neutrally and that law and order situation was under control.
Saitul Islam Litu Mridha, AL backed chairman candidate in Bamna, also denied the allegation and insisted voting was going on in a free and fair manner.
Alamgir Hossain, UNO and assistant returning officer of Bamna said he did not receive any allegation and that the voting was running peacefully.

-Input from New Age Online

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