Chairman of the Univer-sity Grants Commission (UGC) and former Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University AK Azad Chowdhury said on Thursday that he found the city corporation polls fair and it was held in a lively manner with the participation of the common people.
"There was no trouble, no rigging. I have cast my vote without any hassle," AK Azad told the Daily Observer. He cast his vote in the ULAB polling centre on the Dhaka University campus at about 9:00 in the morning.
He said, "I saw supporters of all the parties and candidates. They were participating in the election in a festive mood."
AK Azad termed BNP's boycott of the city polls premature. "I cannot understand why they boycotted the election," he said.
Responding to a question, he said that from some media reports he came to know that there was no polling agents of BNP candidates in some polling centres. "But it is BNP's inherent weakness. They cannot blame it on the election commission or others. From my observation I will say that there was no major flaw in holding of the election."