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TIB report on polls mysterious: Govt

Staff Correspondent

17 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The new Awami League-led government has rejected the TIB report on the December 30 national election, terming it a politically motivated and fabricated one.

Two ministers on Wednesday criticised the report of the Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB), saying it is imaginary, untrue, mysterious and the echo of BNP-Jamaat voice.

The TIB on Tuesday unveiled a report on the 11th parliamentary elections, suggesting that a  judicial committee should be formed to investigate the irregularities in the polls.

“The election was partially participatory, but it was non-competitive, questionable and faulty,” said the report.

The TIB said electoral irregularities like stamping ballot papers the night before the polls and ballot stuffing by capturing booths on the voting day took place in 47 out of 50 constituencies surveyed by the agency.

Other irregularities include silence of law enforcers and administrative officials, casting fake votes, obstructing voters  to going to polling stations, forcing voters to cast votes for a specific symbol and barring polling agents from going to  centres, it said.

The survey also found that average election-related expenditure of a candidate was Tk 77,65,085 in 47 constituencies, three times higher than the amount (Tk 25 lakh) fixed for electioneering.  

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader trashed the TIB report, saying the report is ‘mysterious’ and not credible.

“TIB has now come up with a fairytale after so many days of the election. We know why they have cooked up so many imaginary and unathentic stories. People of the country will give a reply to it,” he said.

“The TIB is against the transparency of the polls. It is concocting stories about the credibility of the election,” Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, added.

Our correspondent from Chattagram adds: Rejecting the TIB report on the polls, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said it was published in favour of BNP-Jamaat.

He came up with the remark at a press conference at his residence in the city’s Dewanji Pukur Parr area on Wednesday.

Hasan Mahmud said there is no difference between the statements of BNP-Jamaat and the TIB regarding the election. In fact, TIB has made the report public on behalf of BNP-Jamaat.

Dr Hasan, also publicity and publication secretary of the ruling Awami League (AL), said most of the reports of the TIB are deliberate, politically motivated, defective and one-sided.

The minister also alleged that some organisations like TIB have been tarnishing image of the country through publishing fictions on different occasions.

“They publish reports on various issues terming them as research findings. But, we have seen earlier that the research that they talk about is not actually any precise research,” alleged Hasan.

Earlier, TIB published report on corruption in the construction of Padma Bridge project. But, the corruption was not proved in Canadian court, the information minister said.

“TIB and some other organisations cooked up factions regarding the corruption in Padma Bridge project. They should have apologised to the people and refrained from publishing such politically motivated reports. But, they didn’t do this,” asserted the minister.

He also said that the election of December 30 was more peaceful compared to other recent elections.

The election was lauded in home and abroad, and world leaders greeted the Awami League, its alliance and leader Sheikh Hasina for the victory, he said.

No political party nominated 800 candidates for 300 seats in the history of Bangladesh. BNP did this through nomination business in the last election. But, there is no statement in the TIB report in this regard, said the minister.

Replying to a query, the minister said TIB is losing its credibility gradually and there should have some credible organisations for authentic criticism.