CHATTOGRAM, Jan 13: BNP mayoral aspirant Abu Sufian has placed the demand for holding fresh election barely four hours before the voting ended in the Chittagong-8 by-polls today.
Sufian raised the demand at a press conference at BNP's Nasiman Bhaban office in the city around 1pm.
He lodged a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that activists of Awami League forced his agents out of the polling centres and prevented BNP supporters from casting their votes.
He submitted a prayer as well to Returning Officer Mohammad Hasanuzzaman for holding fresh election.
"We have prayed to the returning officer for re-election and suspending voting. My polling agents were forced out of almost all the 170 polling stations," Sufian said.
"The voters were not allowed to enter the polling centres. Chhatra League and Juba League activists were seen stuffing ballots. Therefore, we have demanded holding fresh polls."
BNP Chittagong city chapter president and secretary Dr Shahadat Hossain and Abul Hashem were also present at the press conference.
"We have called upon the administration to play a neutral role. The polling agents were driven out of 120 polling agents," said Dr Shahadat while speaking to the media at the press briefing.
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