Dhaka, Dec 30 (UNB) – Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Sunday said the overall voting situation across the country is good except some sporadic incidents.
“If there’s any problem in any polling station, steps will be taken there,” he said after casting his vote at IES High School polling station at Uttara at 10:55am.
As his attention was drawn to the absence of the agents of opposition alliances at five polling stations he visited at Uttara, the CEC said, “I didn’t notice whether BNP agents are absent in the polling stations.”
He also said there will be no agent if they do not come to the polling centres.
Responding to another question about violence across the country, he said there were incidents of violence in Chattogram and some other places. Election officials, law enforcement agencies were directed to control violence. “If the situation goes beyond control in any polling station voting will be held there again.”
Dhaka, Dec 30 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Sunday expressed deep concern over the overall election atmosphere, but said they will not quit the race.
He made the remarks while speaking at a press conference at Gano Forum office at Motijheel.
Dr Kamal, also the Gano Forum president, said he is receiving phone calls every moment with the allegations of irregularities everywhere. “I had expected that I would get good news from at least one place, but unfortunately I received no such news.”
As per the Constitution, people are the owners of the country where democracy will be the main principle, he said. “But the colour of democracy which was manifested 47 years after the independence is unfortunate.”
The Oikyafront chief also said they will present the whole picture of the election before journalists after 6pm.
Dhaka, Dec 30 (UNB) – Awami League joint general secretary Abdur Rahman alleged that BNP-Jamaat is trying to create anarchy across the country by killing Awami League men.
“Sensing certain defeat BNP-Jamaat men are carrying out attack on Awami League activists to foil the election in a planned way,” the AL leader came up with remarks at an emergency press briefing held at the office of party’s president political office early Sunday.
“Immediately before election day , Awami League activist Saiful Islam in Darmapasha upazila in Sunamganj district and a Jubo League man in Patia of Chattogram were killed by BNP-Jamaat terrorists. In this way, they are trying to implement the blue print of conspiracy to create anarchy, he said
He said that Jamaat-BNP and Oikyafront resorted to the path of violence to hinder election atmosphere in a planned way.
“Convicted criminal Tarique Rahman is spreading rumors on social media. They are trying to grab polling centers in different areas alongside creating panic across the country,” said Abdur Rahman.
As part of plan of Dr Kamal Hossain and Mirza Fakhrul Islam, BNP-Jamaat cadres are implementing their conspiracy to grab polling stations, he alleged.
He alleged said that the BNP-Jmaat men occupied a polling station at Iftedai Madrasa in Noakhali-2 constituency by assaulting presiding officer. Six AL men were also injured in the attack and five others were injured at Amtoli union of Baghaichari upazila in Rangamati district. There were arson attacks in different places of Chattogram, he said.
In an audio message, Colonel Oli Ahmed directed his activists to occupy polling stations carrying bamboo sticks, he said adding that Jamaat terrorists openly threatened to blow off a polling station at Amtoli of Barguna distric and five were injured in an attack in Sirajganj district.
Dhaka, Dec 29 (UNB) – The country is set to vote in the 11th national election Sunday with no mobile internet access available anywhere across 64 districts.
The government has completely shut down mobile internet across the country, after earlier, the authorities curbed 4G and 3G network services to limit mobile internet following instructions from the Election Commission to slow down the mobile internet speed.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) sent a letter to all mobile operators around 10:50pm Saturday asking them to implement the directive immediately.
As per the letter, the directive will remain in force until further notice.
Dhaka, Dec 29 (UNB) - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and WALTON signed an agreement on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) phase-out project on here Saturday.
Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh and SM Ashraful Alam, Managing Director, Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations.
After the ratification of the Montreal Protocol in 1990, UNDP has been working with the government and private industries to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion.
In line with that UNDP and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, with funding from the Montreal Protocol, will support WALTON, the largest refrigerator manufacturer in Bangladesh to phase out HFCs.
These are mainly used in refrigerators and air conditions, which are contributing to global warming rapidly. Earlier in 2011, UNDP, supported WALTON to phase out HCFC, said UNDP.
Attending the signing ceremony, Sudipto Mukerjee Said, “UNDP is proud to partner with WALTON in the world’s single largest private sector conversion project to save the planet and help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 12-Sustainable Consumption and Production.”
He also thanked the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Montreal Protocol for partnering with UNDP.
SM Ashraful Alam highlighted WALTON’s efforts to keep Bangladesh green. “Conservation of environment is always our top priority and we’re glad to take part in this journey with UNDP to save the Ozone layer”
Among others, Khurshid Alam and Shaila Khan, Assistant Resident Representatives, UNDP, Mamunur Rashid, Climate Change Specialist, UNDP and other high officials from UNDP and WALTON were present.