Fair vote possible without army: Ashraf

Awami League spokesman says Shamim Osman had not been backed through any formal decision

Published : 30 Oct 2011, 02:30 PM
Updated : 30 Oct 2011, 02:30 PM
Dhaka, Oct 31 (bdnews24.com)— Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said the election was a demonstration that a free and fair election could be held without an army deployment.
"Our chief object in this election was EVM and free and fair election," he said.
"There has been much talk against EVMs, but this election shows that nothing can take away the verdict of vote if the people are alert," he added.
Ashraf said he had warmly congratulated the new mayor-elect Selina Hayat Ivy.
"The government and the local government ministry will help her fulfil her election vows," the local government minister said.
Syed Ashraf said Shamim Osman, who was announced Awami League's favourite before the polls, had not been backed through any formal decision.
"We did not support him through any party resolution," he said.
"As far as I know, there was no meeting of the party's nomination board over supporting him," he added.