KCC election ends, vote counting underway
Published: 15 May 2018 | Updated: 15 May 2018
Voting in the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election has been concluded on Tuesday afternoon amid allegations of vote fraud and violence.
The polling that began at 8:00am concluded at 4:00pm without any break. Now vote counting is underway.
Returning officer Yunus Ali said that among the 289 polling centres, voting in three centres have been suspended due to snatching of ballot papers and forced balloting.
Earlier, Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek cast vote at Pioneer Girls’ High School polling centre around 8:0am, and said the voting was going on in a peaceful and festive manner.
But, BNP mayoral candidate Nazrul Islam Manju alleged the ruling party men have driven out his polling agents from at least 40 centres.
Manju also alleged that his agents were obstructed from entering polling centres in ward No 22.
Besides, the ruling party men beat one of his polling agents at Zila School centre, alleged Manju. However, he said he will wait until the end.
At a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that ruling party men resorted to various irregularities in 50 percent of polling stations.
A total of five mayoral candidates, 148 general councillor and 38 reserved-seat female councillor candidates are there in the election race.
Five mayoral candidates, 148 general councillor and 38 reserved-seat female councillor candidates are there in the election race.
The mayoral contenders are Awami League’s Talukder Abdul Khalek, Nazrul Islam Manju of BNP, Jatiya Party’s Shafiqur Rahman Mushfiq, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Maulana Mozammil Haque and CPB’s Mizanur Rahman Babu.
With UNB inputs