A video of this young man went viral during the by-election voting in Lakshmipur-3 constituency on Sunday. It shows him casting 43 votes on the boat symbol in 58 seconds.
A one-member inquiry committee has been formed on the instructions of the Returning Officer after the ‘fake voting video’ was spread at a center in the Laxmipur-3 constituency by-election before the schedule for the national elections was announced.
District Election Officer Mohammad Sofiqur Rahman has been asked to report within the next three working days.
By-election returning officer and Comilla Regional Election Officer and Comilla Regional Election Officer at around 10:15 on Monday night. Farhad Hossain confirmed this information to bdnews24.com.
He also asked to take the statement of all polling officers, members of law enforcement and other concerned in the center where this incident took place.
Copies of this order have also been sent to Chief Election Commissioner, other Election Commissioners, Election Commission Secretary, Laxmipur DC, Superintendent of Police and District Heads of Law and Order.
When asked, Farhad Hossain told bdnews24.com, “Nothing can be said about this before getting the investigation report. After receiving the report along with the statements of the concerned parties, we will send it to the Election Commission to take action.”
Secretary of the Election Commission did not agree to talk to the journalists in the election building on Monday about this irregularity. Jahangir Alam. He did not respond when I called him at night.
What’s in the viral video?
The by-election was held on Sunday in the seat left vacant by the death of AKM Shahjahan Kamal.
A video went viral the next day, showing a man casting 43 votes in 58 seconds.
It can be seen that the person who voted was assisted by another worker. Both of them had boat symbol badges around their necks.
The face of the young man who did this is clear. Locals identified him as Azad Hossain. He was the Vice President of Chandraganj Thana Chhatra League of Lakshmipur. Recently, he was expelled by the District Chhatra League for violating party discipline. However, he was made a boat agent at Dakshin Khaguria Government Primary School Center of Sadar Upazila Dighli Union.
In another viral video, Azad is seen giving flowers to the winning candidate, Ghulam Farooq.
However, bdnews24.com could not get the statements of any of the two people on these issues. None of them picked up the phone.
There were allegations of irregularities on the day of the election
When AKM Shahjahan Kamal died on September 30, the Election Commission declared the seat vacant on October 4.
Due to the constitutional obligation before announcing the schedule of the national elections, the Election Commission announced the date of voting in Brahmanbaria-2 seat as well as this seat on November 5.
Niruttap boycotted voting in Lakshmipur-3 constituency on the afternoon of this election, alleging irregularities.
Rakib Hossain of Langal Prateek told reporters at around 1:30 pm, “My agent has been kicked out from 90 percent of the centers by the people of the ruling party. … They are casting fake votes. The polling stations are empty of voters since morning, but when you go inside, you can see that the votes have been cast. So who is giving these votes?”
Addressing a press conference around 2:00 p.m., Shamchul Karim Khokon of Zaker Party said, “From the beginning, the administration assured us of a fair election. But now the administration is silent.”
The returning officer said at the time, “A candidate made a verbal complaint to us. We are looking at that. We observed many centers. There is a fair environment for elections.”
At the end of the voting, it was announced that Golam Farooq got 1 lakh 20 thousand 599 votes with the boat symbol. Rakib Hossain, the nearest rival of Langal, got 3 thousand 846 votes. Samshul Karim Khokon got 2 thousand 126 votes with rose flower.