HT Imam, co-chairman of the Awami League polls steering committee, yesterday said this election has proved that a free, fair and neutral one is possible under a partisan government.
He made the comment at a press conference in the party's Bangabandhu avenue office after the end of the voting.
Pointing to polls results they had received from different sources, Imam said it could be said that the AL under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina would surely win in most of the constituencies.
Imam, also Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's political affairs adviser, said foreign observers from the OIC, Commonwealth and India termed the election fair and peaceful.
Speaking at another briefing in the party chief's Dhanmondi office in the day, AL Joint General Secretary Abdur Rahman claimed that incidents of violence in the election were significantly less compared to the previous ones. “This election was very participatory.”
He said holding a peaceful election was a challenge. “It became possible with the people's support under an independent Election Commission.”
The AL leader alleged that the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami had failed to execute their “mega” plan to thwart the election.
About the polls results, he requested the Jatiya Oikyafront to accept the people's verdict.
“The election was free, fair and neutral,” Rahman said, adding that there were some stray incidents.
“Awami League leaders and activists were the victims of the attacks,” he said, alleging that some 13 party leaders and activists were killed in 12 districts in attacks by BNP-Jamaat men.
He also alleged that BNP-Jamaat men had also killed two Ansar members.
Rahman praised Hasina for “setting an example by holding a free and fair election”.