Clashes and code of conduct violations in Madaripur-3 constituency: Update on 12th National Assembly elections

Clashes and code of conduct violations in Madaripur-3 constituency: Update on 12th National Assembly elections

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The Election Commission (EC) and returning officers continue to issue show cause notices and fines to candidates for alleged incidents. Despite warnings to the government to avoid engaging in conflicts, incidents of conflict, violence, and violations of the code of conduct persist.

Last week, there were arson at five places and attacks on election camps of three candidates. There have been 83 incidents of clashes and violence in the 10 days since the operation began on December 18.

Moreover, considering a total of 256 complaints of code of conduct violations, from the announcement of the program till last Tuesday, the search committees issued show cause notices to the candidates.

However, some candidates express dissatisfaction over the alleged lack of strict action by the Election Commission, administration and police against powerful persons.

Tehmina Begum, an independent candidate from Madaripur-3 constituency, said that there are continuous threats, attacks and obstructions in the campaign in her area. Although written complaints have been submitted with evidence for each issue, no punitive action has been taken.

Elections for the 12th National Assembly are scheduled to be held on January 7, with notable absentees including the BNP and parties aligned with them, as well as a boycott by the Islamic Movement Bangladesh. The Awami League has left 26 seats for the Jatiya Party, while more than a hundred seats are being contested by independent candidates, many of whom are associated with the Awami League.

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