Dismissing the report of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) that found irregularities in 47 out of 50 constituencies during the national election as ‘questionable and controversial’, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday said it is similar to Jatiya Oikyafront’s version.
“The version of Jatiya Oikyafront and the TIB report are the same. TIB has published such fabricated report to create an opportunity for the defeated force to talk against the election,” he said while speaking at a press briefing at his Dewanji Pukurpar residence in the city in the afternoon.
The minister also said there are some organisations that always work to tarnish the country’s image and TIB is one of them. “Earlier, they (TIB) found corruption in the Padma Bridge project in their report but failed to prove it. They should apologise to the nation for publishing the wrong report,” he said.
Hasan also came down hard on the anti-graft watchdog for not covering the ‘nomination trade’ of BNP in its report.
The TIB on Tuesday said election irregularities took place in 47 out of 50 constituencies it surveyed during the last national election. The constituencies were selected randomly, it said.
It reported the casting of fraudulent votes at one or more centres of 41 constituencies and ballot stuffing in 33 constituencies.
The anti-graft watchdog said polling stations were occupied in 30 constituencies and polling agents obstructed in 29 constituencies. Voters were forced to vote for a particular symbol in 26 constituencies while opposition leaders and activists were beaten up in 11 constituencies.
It recommended appointing honest and neutral people as the chief election commissioner and election commissioners.
The TIB also suggested investigating allegations of violence and breach of electoral code of conduct and taking effective steps based on the findings.unb