Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said it was not clear why voting was stopped in the Gaibandha by-polls.
According to the presiding officers, the voting was suspended at the order of the election officer and the assistant returning officer, he said at the inauguration of Dhaka Nagar Paribahan bus routes 22 and 26 in the city's Mohammadpur area.
He, however, expressed hope that the Election Commission (EC) would take appropriate measures in holding free, fair and acceptable elections.
About the BNP's demand of bringing party's acting chairman Tarique Rahman back to the country by withdrawing cases against him, the AL general secretary said the leader, who fled abroad on undertaking that he would not do politics, should withdraw his undertaking first and then it would be taken into account.
Regarding the BNP's rally, he said if the Awami League announces a rally, there would be more than 10 lakh people, while the BNP could not gather one lakh people.