The Election Commission (EC) has suspended publication of the gazette results of the by-elections in the recently concluded Laxmipur-3 and Brahmanbaria-2 parliamentary constituencies due to allegations of irregularities.
Commission Secretary Jahangir Alam gave this information in a press conference on Tuesday (November 7) afternoon.
Earlier, commissioners along with secretaries held an informal meeting in the CEC room in the afternoon at the election building in Agargaon.
Out of the CEC room, Election Commission Secretary Md. Jahangir Alam said that the EC has ordered to investigate the irregularities by postponing the gazette publication of the by-election results of Laxmipur-3 and Brahmanbaria-2 constituencies.
He said, of course, the investigation work will continue by suspending publication of the gazette notification. (Gazette) decision will be taken after receiving the investigation report.
As per the new amendment to RPO (91AA) it is clear that if any person is aggrieved even after declaration of result by Returning Officer or reasonable facts come to the notice of EC; Then he can take cognizance of the complaint by suspending the gazette notification of that seat.
He said that the EC will take a decision later in the light of the report that will be received after proper investigation regarding the publication of the result gazette of the two constituencies.
The EC Secretary said that the information of one center in Lakshmipur and one in Brahmanbaria has been found in the media. It was analyzed by the EC. The EC has ordered an inquiry to the concerned District Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and District Election Officer to verify its authenticity. A report will be given after the on-site investigation, after which a decision will be taken.
Awami League candidate in Brahmanbaria-2 (Sarail and Ashuganj) parliamentary seat by-election. Shahjahan Alam was elected privately by getting 66 thousand 314 votes on the boat symbol. Independent candidate Ziaul Haque Mridha accused ‘open voting as well as fake voting’ in some centers with the boat symbol.
Meanwhile, Golam Farooq Pingku was elected with 1 lakh 20 thousand 599 votes in Lakshmipur-3 by-election. Rakib Hossain, the nearest rival of Langal, got 3 thousand 846 votes. Samshul Karim Khokon got 2 thousand 126 votes with rose flower
Two of the four candidates abstained from voting in the Laxmipur-3 by-election. Among them, Jatiya Party’s Mohammad Rakib Hossain and Zaker Party’s Shamchul Karim Khokon came to the Laxmipur Press Club at around 1.30 pm on Sunday and announced the boycott.
The gazette is published by the EC within a few days of the end of the polls.