Zahirul Islam Shiblu, Lakshmipur representative :: In the municipal elections held in the fourth phase, in Ramgati municipality of Laxmipur, the mayoral candidates were boycotted and various irregularities were taken. Voting in Ramgati municipality started at 8 am on Sunday and continued till 4 pm. This is the first time that electronic voting machine (EVM) has been used in Laxmipur. The presence of female voters in the centers was more noticeable than male voters since morning. Meanwhile, three mayoral candidates boycotted the polls, accusing them of voting by boat, beating agents and barring them from entering the center. There have also been allegations of forcing the boat symbol to vote outside the EVM. On the other hand, the position of the external Awami League leaders from the district in the constituency was wide. However, the position of the law enforcement forces was silent.
Going to the spot, it was seen that there was an allegation of forcing the boat symbol to vote by leaving the EVM outside in the morning. The incident took place at the Alexander Pilot Girls’ High School polling station in Ward 7. In the women’s and men’s booths of the center, Awami League leader Kamal Hossain of Ward 8 was forced to vote in the same way in every booth. Awami League leaders sitting with EVMs have demanded agents of their boat symbol. However, three or four agents of the boat were seen in each booth. Meanwhile, no agent was seen in any of the booths. Assistant Presiding Officer can not say whether they are coming. Yusuf and Abdur Razzak.
Locals complained that the Awami League leaders were using their influence to keep the EVM out and force the boat symbol to vote. The Presiding and Assistant Presiding Officers have played a silent role in this. The voting atmosphere for an hour and a half was a bit better. After 9:30 am, 8 supporters of the Awami League’s mayoral candidate started taking control of the polling station. They then intimidated the other candidates and expelled the agents of the other candidates.
On the other hand, in Ramgati municipality, voting by boat is compulsory, agents beating Shahed Ali and not allowing him to enter the center. They confirmed the matter to the journalists around 11 pm.
BNP candidate Shahed Ali said, EVM is in the possession of Awami League leaders. They are forcing voters to vote on the boat. The presiding and assistant presiding officers are pretending not to see. I abstained from voting for it.
Jatiya Party candidate Alamgir Hossain said, “My agents were not allowed to enter the center.” Beaten. Awami League leaders are forcing voters to vote by boat. There is no need to be in this election. I abstained.
Independent candidate Abi Abdullah said the vote was robbed in a terrorist manner in the presence of executive magistrates and law enforcers. Outsiders from neighboring upazilas and unions took up positions at polling stations to win the Awami League’s party candidate. The EVM was in the possession of the Awami League leaders. They are forcing voters to vote on the boat. For this I have boycotted the vote.
Kazi Hekmat Ali, Assistant Returning Officer for Ramgati Municipality Election, said, “I don’t know about the boycott.” EVMs are not supposed to be outside the black screen. No one told me if it was out somewhere. Anyone who breaks the rules will be brought under the law.
All the centers in Ramgati municipality were identified as risky. In view of this, law enforcement forces were deployed in the entire municipality under the executive magistrate.
Earlier, the equipment used in the election was sent to the Center through the concerned officials. This was the first time that voting was done in Laxmipur by electronic voting machine (EVM). A special platoon of detective police, RAB and Coast Guard including a platoon of BGB, 70 policemen and 90 Ansars were on security in the constituency to avoid any untoward incident. Simultaneously five striking forces were on full-time patrol.
Laxmipur District Election Officer and Returning Officer Muhammad Nazim Uddin said the election has been completed smoothly. No untoward incident was reported anywhere. We were all prepared to make the election fair. Law enforcement forces were deployed under the executive magistrate to avoid untoward incidents during the election.
Lakshmipur district police superintendent. AHM Kamruzzaman said that law and order forces including RAB and BGB were deployed in the elections along with the district police giving importance to all the centers. No untoward incident took place anywhere. Voters are exercising their voting right spontaneously.
According to election office sources, Mejbah Uddin Meju, Shahed Ali Patu and six other candidates are contesting for the post of mayor of Ramgati municipality. In nine wards of the municipality, 49 candidates are contesting for the reserved and general seats. 20,905 voters exercised their voting right through electronic voting machine (EVM) in 10 centers of the municipality.
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