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Voters will shun BNP in next election: Quader

Voters will shun BNP in next election: Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said voters will reject the BNP in the upcoming national election as it has refused to accept the outcome of Khulna city polls in which people voted enthusiastically, reports bdnews24.com Quader spoke at a reception in Manipur School and College in Dhaka on Wednesday. Quader responded to criticism of the election by the BNP after Awami League-backed Talukdar Abdul Khalek was elected as the mayor of Khulna city. "Everyone said it was a fair and neutral election, save for some stray incidents. Only the BNP is opposing the election as the party itself has a negative attitude of disapproving everything," he said. Khalek defeated BNP's Nazrul Islam Manju on Tuesday, sparking angry reactions from BNP stalwarts. Khalek bagged 174,891 votes while Manju got 109,251 votes. Manju, one of BNP's central leaders, accused the ruling party of rigging votes in at least 100 centres and demanded a fresh election. Also, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, senior joint secretary general of BNP, rejected the election outcome through a press conference in Dhaka on Wednesday and demanded resignation of Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda. "They are rejecting the decision of those who have voted for Khalek. They sound like a broken record player always spreading falsehood and complaining to foreigners," Quader said. BSS adds: The 14-party alliance spokesman and Awami League presidium member Mohammed Nasim on Wednesday said democracy has emerged victorious through the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election. "This is a victory of democracy. The pro-liberation forces have won through holding Khulna City Corporation in peaceful, neutral and credible manner," he told journalists after placing wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the 32 Dhanmondi Road in the city. Nasim, also Minister for Health and Family Welfare, thanked the people of Khulna, law enforcement agencies and all concerned who were involved in the KCC polls for holding a transparent and peaceful election. Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon, JASOD General Secretary Shirin Akhta and Samyabadi Dal General Secretary Dilip Barua, among others, were present on the occasion. Meanwhile, the Election Working Group (EWG), a platform of polls observers, said the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election was held peacefully on Tuesday amid some stray incidents. The EWG made the preliminary statement on KCC polls at a press conference held at the auditorium of Jatiya Press Club here. EWG Director Dr Md Abdul Alim read out the statement in the press conference. EWG member Professor Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullha was also present in the press conference. He said there were some problems in the polls, but these did not have any impact on the election. Alim said the overall situation of the polls was peaceful. The average voter turnout in polling stations was 64.8 percent, he said, adding the EWG monitored 145 voting centers out of the total 289. The EWG is a non-partisan network of 28 leading civil society organisations in Bangladesh that was formed in 2006 with the shared goal of enhancing the transparency and accountability of elections and other democratic processes in the country.

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