Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said that massive voter turnout in the municipal polls is an expression of people’s continuous confidence in the electoral system.
“Massive voter turnout in the municipal polls is an expression of people’s continuous confidence on Sheikh Hasina-led government and the electoral system,” he toldat a press conference on contemporary issues at his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.
Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said landslide win of the party in second phase municipal polls is a victory of development that carried out under Sheikh Hasina’s courageous and humanitarian leadership, progress and prosperity.
The minister came up with the remark as second phase polls to 60 municipalities were held on Saturday with 61.92 percent voter turnout.
Mentioning elections to 29 municipalities were conducted through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and the rest with traditional ballot papers, Quader said that people have exercised their voting right using EVM and there was no inertia among them.
“People gave befitting reply to the propaganda machines, who want to make the electoral system questionable, through Saturday’s election,” Quader said.
Talking over Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Quader said that BNP is gradually lagging behind in politics of votes due to its weak leadership and ill political practice.“BNP is always making blind criticism and spreading falsehood against the government without seeking votes to people. Such political culture of BNP is weakening the party’s existence gradually,” he said.
Quader said the AL leaders, who contested the municipality polls against the party nominated candidates, will not get nomination or important post in the party in the coming days.
Organisational steps will be taken against those who will not abide by the party decisions or violet the party discipline in the next phase municipality polls, he warned.
“Whether they win or lose in the polls, they will not get nomination in future. This is the decision of Awami League and Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
Talking over clash in the polls, Quader said election was held with a peaceful manner except a few stray incidents.
“Clash in Sirajganj is sorrowful. Apart from two or one isolated incidents, the elections were held peacefully,” he said.
Replying to an allegation of BNP that the polling centers were under the clutch of the ruling party, Quader questioned if the allegation is true, how four candidates of BNP won the polls.
During the BNP’s tenure, election meant conflicts, anarchy and loss of lives, the minister said, adding that during the tenure of AL government, conflicts and showdown of arms have been stopped in the local government elections.
He extended thanks to members of law enforcement agencies for discharging their duties in holding the elections in a peaceful manner.