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Elections largely peaceful, claims CEC

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Tuesday claimed that the elections in three city corporations — Dhaka South, Dhaka North and Chittagong — were held peacefully except some stray incidents.  He also urged all the candidates to accept the election results and take forward the country’s democratic values. The CEC came up with the remarks during a post-election press conference at the media centre of the Election Commission Secretariat.

Rakibuddin also claimed that the voter turnout in the polling centers was huge as there was no major disturbing incident during the election. He said voting in three centers in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) was shut due to unwanted incidents there. The three centers are South Kamalapur Sher-e-Bangla High School (Centre No 151 and Ward No 8), Shyampur Ashraf Master Ideal High School (Centre No 807 and Ward No 53) and Suritola Primary School (Centre No 563 and Ward No 31).

Talking about the army deployment in the polling centers where incidents took place, he said shutting down the polling centre and deployment of the army is totally different. “If the law enforcing agencies were unable to tackle the situation then the army would be deployed.” The CEC said that the Commission took immediate steps whenever any complaint brought to its notice. Responding to a question about election boycott by the BNP backed-candidates, he said no one informed the matter to the Commission. “This is their personal matter.”

The CEC said he along with his colleagues visited different polling stations in the city, but only one came up with complains at that time. Thanking all for holding the elections peacefully, Rakibuddin hoped that the winners of the elections will maintain the existing peaceful situation. In this connection, he said the law enforcement agencies will be there in the field for another day to tackle any unwanted situation following the elections. “”I’m directing the law enforcement agencies to remain aware and vigil,” he said, UNB reports.

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