Vote rigging in Khulna City Corporation elections reached to the extent that even a minor boy was found voting for ruling Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek on Tuesday.
After visiting several centres in Khulna city, this correspondent found a man coming out of a polling station with his son, a student of class II. Both of the father and son had indelible ink marks on their fingers.
Asked about the ink, the man said, ''My son has cast his vote, too."
And the second-grader said, ''I voted for boat and Tipu uncle (the AL-backed ward councillor Ali Akbar Tipu).''
Both the father and son were found in front of Nurani Bahumukhi Madrasa centre, under ward 25. A member of the election commission in the centre was also allegedly harassed by the ruling AL influentials.
AL-backed candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek visited Platinum High School station under ward No. 11 around 12:00pm. After his visit, around eight to 10 AL activists entered the centre and started ballot stuffing in the presence of presiding officer Sheikh Abu Md Mushfequl Morshed.
When some journalists started recording the ballot stuffing scene, the presiding officer drove them away, saying, ''We have some restrictions.''
Visiting PTI polling station around 2:00pm, it was seen a voter, Sadia Parveen, could not cast her vote as someone else had already done so.
''They said I had already cast my vote and told me to go somewhere else,'' Parveen told Prothom Alo.