Voting was postponed for around two hours in three centres of the Dhaka-14 constituency for “lunch” though the regulations say voting must continue uninterrupted from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
The three centres are Darus Salam High School, BADC High School and FM School.
“Lunch boxes” were reportedly provided by the ruling party candidate for the constituency Aslamul Haque MP.
Several hundreds of voters, waiting in line, grew irate and argued with members of law enforcement agencies due to this unlawful postponement.
More than a hundred voters were waiting outside the Darus Salam High School gate around 12:00pm for more than an hour, Shahidul, a voter said.
Hearing the allegations of the voters, newsmen went inside the Darus Salam High School and found the election officers, police and activists of the ruling Awami League having lunch.
The centre’s presiding officer Saiful Islam pretended that he was unaware of the incident and said he was busy casting his vote.
However, the voting did not start for the next half of an hour.
The opposition candidate Syed Abu Bakar SIddique Saju of the constituency, who has been contesting with the sheaf of paddy election symbol, said the officials might have rigged the votes there.