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Govt. snatched voting rights in Bangladesh municipal elections: BNP chief

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Khaleda HiBangladeshi Prime Minister and president of Bangladesh's Nationalist Party (BNP), Begum Khaleda Zia, attends a mass rally to mark the 28th founding anniversary of the party in Dhaka on Sunday, 03 September 2006. The premier led tens of thousands of her followers in the street march on Sunday, urging supporters to vote for BNP in next January's general elections. Foto: EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH +++(c) dpa - Report+++

Karachi: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia has accused the government of snatching voting rights in municipal polls on Wednesday by using the administration, law enforcers and presiding officers.

According to The Daily Star, Zia said that the government used the administration, law enforcers and presiding officers as their own party members and threatened them to work in their favour. The BNP chief’s remarks came at an address at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, in Dhaka.

The programme was organised by BNP’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), marking its 37th founding anniversary. Zia said that the polls showed that free and fair election is not possible under the “Hasina-Rakib administration”. Zia also rejected the results of the polls, urging her party members not to be disappointed and assured that free and fair elections would be held in future.