He rejects demands for fresh polls
CEC claims 80 percent voter turnout
Published : Monday, 31 December, 2018 at 6:03 PM Count : 332
Claiming that the election was held in a peaceful environment, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said, "There was a great eagerness and excitement. Everyone was in a festive mood.”
The made the remarks at a press conference at the Election Commission on Monday regarding feedback after the vote, reports bdnews24.com.
Ballots were cast in 299 of 300 parliamentary races on Sunday. The results for 298 seats have been announced, said the CEC.
"There was an 80 percent voter turnout in the 11th national parliamentary elections," he added.
Rejecting the BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front’s demand for fresh polls, the CEC, however, said he had not received written complaints about the vote. He said that the allegations would not prevent him from releasing the gazette of the results.The CEC expressed his sorrow at the loss of 14 lives in election violence in parts of the country, but said that voting had been largely peaceful overall.
Four election commissioners and EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed were also present.
“To the claims of large-scale irregularities, the boycott of the vote and the Oikya Front’s demand for fresh polls I say: ‘no, we will not hold a new election. There is no scope for a new election.’”
Asked what steps would be taken on the gazette if written complaints from the BNP came in, he said:
“Even if we receive written complaints, it does not prevent us from issuing a gazette of the results.”
The results reflect the beliefs of the people, the CEC said.
Asked about the significant margin between the winning candidates and the losers, Huda said:
“The voting has gone according to the way in which people voted. The people have cast the votes.”
The CEC dismissed claims that ballots had been stuffed at 100 election centres the day before the polls.
“This is completely untrue.”
In response to a question the CEC said: “The Election Commission is satisfied. We are not discontent. Media reports as well as local and foreign election observers have described the polls as acceptable. We have not received written complaints of irregularities so far.”
Voting was suspended at 16 of the over 40,000 polling centres across the country, he said.
The Brahmanbaria-2 results have been suspended pending a re-vote at three polling centres.
Candidates from the Awami League won 259 of the 298 seats whose results have been announced. The Grand Alliance, which is led by the Awami League, has won a total of 288 seats. The decisive win will allow the Awami League to form its third consecutive government.
The Jatiya Oikya Front, which includes the BNP, has won seven seats. The opposition alliance has boycotted the election over allegations of vote rigging and called for a fresh election.”
The highest voter turnout in Bangladesh was 87.13 percent in 2008.
This year there were over 104 million voters in Bangladesh. This means that the 80 percent turnout figure is the second highest in the nation’s history.