Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Wednesday said the countrywide Zila Parishad election was held in a fair and peaceful manner, UNB reports.
“The maiden election to Zila Parishad was held in a fair and peaceful atmosphere,” he told a post-election briefing at the Election Commission Secretariat.
The CEC said elected representatives of different local government bodies cast their votes in the Zila Parishad polls. The balloting was held from 9 am to 2 pm without any break, he added.
The Election Commission arranged election to 61 Zila Parishads (district councils) across the country except three Chittagong Hill Tracks districts – Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban.
Of the district councils, the voting was held in 836 polling stations in 59 districts, while the balloting was not required in Feni and Bhola as all 42 posts of two districts went uncontested.
The CEC said it was a challenge to protect the secrecy of votes as the number of voters is small in the polls. “So, we’ve banned carrying mobile phone inside the polling stations and putting any sign or mark on the ballot papers,” he said.
Rakibuddin said he visited two polling stations in the capital and witnessed the peaceful balloting.
Four election commissioners and EC secretary were present at the briefing.
A total of 3,938 candidates contested the Zila Parishad polls.
Of them, 146 fought for 61 chairman posts, while 806 for 305 reserved seats and 2986 for 915 general member posts in the 61 district councils.