Sahasra Nagorik Committee (SNC), a citizens' platform, on Thursday said that the elections to the city corporations in Dhaka and Chittagong were held in a free, fair and credible manner.
"The polls were successful, fair and impartial, except for some untoward incidents," said the leaders of the platform. The SNC was formed in support of Awami League-backed mayoral candidates in the election.
The Convener of the SNC, eminent writer Syed Shamsul Haq, while speaking at a post-election press conference at the National Press Club, also termed the BNP's boycott of the polls only a few hours after voting commenced as irresponsible and mprudent.
He said, "The BNP's boycott of the polls was unexpected. The party has failed to show its political responsibility by boycotting the polls. We don't want an elimination of any political party in this way."
"The entire nation was astonished by the boycott of the city polls by the BNP a few hours after polling started. By taking themselves out of the elections, they acted irresponsibly and imprudently," he added.
"The BNP backed candidates got a huge number of votes in four hours before boycotting the elections. It was not impossible for them to win the election, if they had not boycotted it," he said.
Syed Shamsul Haq said some untoward incidents took place soon after BNP's announcement of a boycott of the polls. He held the BNP responsible for the untoward incidents during the polls.
Describing the huge turnout in the city polls as a great achievement, he said, "The activities of the Sahasra Nagorik Committee will not stop with the completion of the elections. It will act as a bridge between city dwellers and the city corporations."
Committee Member Secretary Golam Quddus said, "The BNP decided to boycott the city elections a few hours after polling had started as part of its plan to reinstate the non-party caretaker government."
He called upon all to remain alert so that no section could mislead the nation over the elections.
Member of the committee and President of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul said, "The BNP tried to make the city polls questionable well ahead of the elections."
Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Prof. Dr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan, Dhaka University Blue Panel Convener Prof Nazma Shahin and Vice-President of Muktijoddha Sangsad Ismat Kadir Gama were present on the occasion.