Published:  02:23 AM, 12 January 2019

It is 'stigmatized' polls: LDA

It is 'stigmatized' polls: LDA LDA held a public hearing on the just-concluded general election in the city yesterday. -AA

The Left Democratic Alliance (LDA) has said that the eleventh parliamentary election is a 'stigmatized' one. Such polls haven't been held in the history of the country. Votes were stuffed day before the election with the assistance from law enforcers. But the administration was inactive to resist such irregularities.

The alliance of the left parties came up with these remarks at a public hearing at the National Press Club in the city yesterday. LDA candidates in the just-concluded general election described their experiences and complaints on the election.

In his introductory speech at the beginning of the public hearing, general secretary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Mohammad Shah Alam said there are a plethora of complaints on the December 30 election. It is a never before seen election. Some 147 LDA candidates vied from 131 constituencies in the eleventh parliamentary election.

A total of 80 candidates described their experiences about the general election in the day-long public hearing. Ganosamhati Andolon chief convener Zonayed Saki competed in the national election from Dhaka-12 seat with the symbol 'spade'. In the public hearing, he said,

"30-50 percent votes were stuffed in different constituencies in the night before the election day."There is no such 'stigmatized' election in the history of Bangladesh. Though the election was held with the participation of all political parties including major ones, voters couldn't exercise their franchise. A one-sided environment was created before the polls carrying out attacks on and filing false cases against the opposition candidates, he added.

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