Sarwar rushed a press conference in the city, four hours after voting began at 123 polling centres across the city on Monday.
The BNP candidate alleged that the party’s polling agents were barred from 70-80 centres. Those agents who managed to enter the centres said that the Awami League was “stuffing boxes with ballots’, he said.
“The Awami League government has destroyed the election arrangement. This cannot continue. I am calling on the Election Commission to halt this election, but they did not heed our words.”
“So we condemn this election. We will withdraw and boycott it.”
After casting his vote at the Syeda Majidunnesa Secondary School in Ward-1, Sarwar had told the media that polling agents were being barred from the centres.
“The situation is the same out in nearly 50 other centres,” he had said. “No agent was allowed to enter the No. 30 centre. Police are forcing them out. The situation is terrible.”
“It seems to be a disaster. The agents are lamenting the situation. Who will provide the people with security? Who will ensure their safety? The police did not allow them to get into the centres.”
The BNP candidate shared the instant reactions with the media before he held a formal news briefing to announce his boycott of the election. unb