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>THE Election Commission (EC) yesterday suspended poll results of seven upazila parishads on grounds of massive irregularities in the elections, following an investigation sparked by an onslaught of complaints from defeated candidates. (Full report)
After a series of meetings over the last couple of days, the commission also decided to launch a judicial inquiry to find the details of the irregularities.
Earlier, the commission suspended polling in six other upazilas preceding and during the elections due to similar allegations which will be investigated as well.
The EC also decided to let the judicial inquiry committee investigate alleged involvement of government ministers and ruling party lawmakers in the January 22 local government election irregularities.
He however did not mention which ministers and lawmakers will be investigated, but said the probe will reveal who influenced the elections.
Based on the inquiry report, the commission will decide the fate of the suspended election results of the seven upazilas, and whether any legal action is warranted against the perpetrators.


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