Journos barred from entering polling stations

Journalists have allegedly been barred by police personnel from entering several polling stations in the capital.

Our reporter Adil Shakhawat and photojournalist Syed Zakir Hossain reported from Mirza Abbas Women College polling centre that policemen did not allow journalists to enter the polling centre for the first half an hour in the morning.

“We were also not allowed to enter Deep Shikha School at North Shajahanpur in the morning. On-duty police man said journalists were not allowed as per the presiding officer’s order,” said Adil.

When our reporter asked Hawa Bibi and Engrez Begum, two voters who came out of Deep Shikha School centre, they said they were not allowed to vote.

Adil further added the same situation prevailed at all the polling centres of wards no 185-188 in the area.

Meanwhile, an Awami League-backed councillor candidate for Ward 9 allegedly harassed two female polling agents of BNP-backed candidate Mirza Abbas at Dilkusha Government Primary School.

Journalists were also barred from Dhaka University Laboratory School polling centre, our reporter Ibrahim Hossain Ovi reported.

The on-duty police officials said they received directions from the police high-ups that no camera would be allowed inside the polling centres.

However, there was no such direction from the Election Commission.

Source: Dhaka Tribune