BNP-backed mayoral candidates on Tuesday boycotted the elections to all the three city corporations in Dhaka and Chittagong bringing the allegations of widespread vote rigging and capturing of polling centers by pro-Awami League men with the help of law enforcers and polling officials.
BNP standing Committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed announced the decision at a press briefing at BNP central office at Nayapaltan in the city Tuesday noon halfway through the crucial city corporation elections.“It was not an election, It can’t be termed as an election. We have rejected the voter-less elections.
It was a mockery of democracy,” he said. “Through the elections the government and the Election Commission experienced the big defeat”, he added.
BNP-backed mayor candidates Tabith Awal and Afroza Abbas also brought different allegations against the government and the EC at the press briefing.Earlier, BNP-backed mayoral candidate for Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Manjur Alam boycotted the election, also alleging huge vote fraud in the elections. Manjur’s election boycott decision was announced at a press conference held at his main election office at Dewanhat in the port city around 11:20am.