Monday, August 18, 2008

RCC polls engineered: Alleges BNP-backed candidate Bulbul

Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, the defeated BNP-backed mayoral candidate in the Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) election, yesterday alleged that the August 4 RCC polls were engineered on a large scale.

Bulbul, also the president of Rajshahi city unit Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, demanded removal of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda at a press conference at the Shalbagan BNP office in the city.

No election in the future can be free and fair under the present CEC, said Bulbul, who rejected the polls result yesterday. Earlier, he conceded defeat to other mayoral candidate and Awami League leader AHM Khairuzzaman Liton on August 5.

He, however, told newsmen that he would not challenge the election results in any electoral tribunal.

"We have already welcomed the mayor-elect. But we are now questioning the electoral process as no election in the future will be free and fair if this flawed process is followed," said Bulbul.

He alleged that many of his polling agents were not allowed to enter the polling centres while some of them were driven out during voting.

Showing a ballot paper bearing a seal on his name, Bulbul said it was found at the Seroil Colony vote centre.

"Many such ballot papers were found scattered on streets the next day of the election," he said.

Bulbul said he was defeated in the RCC polls due to opposition to his candidacy from central BNP.

"Besides, the local Jamaat leaders extended their support to me at the eleventh hour," he added.

District BNP president Azizur Rahman, organising secretary Alauddin Ahmed, former city BNP vice president Ekhlak Hossain and Boalia thana BNP president Saidur Rahman, among others, were present.

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