All eyes are set to see a battle of ballots between ruling Awami League and opposition BNP candidates in today’s mayoral election to Gazipur City Corporation.
Voting will begin at 425 polling stations in the city at 8:00am and continue until 4:00pm. There are around 11 lakh voters in the city.Voters said the main battle of ballots will take place between Awami League candidate Jahangir Alam and BNP contestant Hasan Uddin Sarker.
Awami League is confident that the country’s development by the government and a strong unity within the party will lead its candidate to a victory in the city polls.
On the other hand, BNP thinks that the anti-government public sentiment and party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s jailing will be the main factor in bringing a win for its candidate.
The Election Commission already completed all necessary preparations for holding the city polls in a free and fair manner.
The Election Commission has identified 337 vote centres in the city as risky.
A large number of law enforcers have been deployed in the electoral area to tighten security.City dwellers will cast votes to elect a mayor, 57 general ward councillors and 19 councillors for women’s reserved seats.
Gazipur city polls are seen as important for both the parties and a test for the EC ahead of the national election due in December.
Five other mayoral candidates are Ruhul Amin of Communist Party of Bangladesh, Jalal Uddin of Bangladesh Islami Front, Fazlul Haque Minar of Islami Oikya Jote, Nasir Uddin of Islami Andolan Bangladesh and independent candidate Farid Ahmed.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan expressed his satisfaction over the atmosphere prevailing in Gazipur city ahead of the polls.
“A good atmosphere is prevailing in the city… Everything is fine. There’s no problem. We hope that the EC will arrange a good election,” he said.
The minister came up with the remarks while talking to newsmen after the signing ceremony of Annual Performance Agreement of Public Safety Division at the Secretariat.
A huge contingent of law enforcers, including RAB and BGB members, has been deployed in and around the city to maintain a peaceful electoral atmosphere.
A total of 3,000 policemen from Dhaka, 260 from Rajshahi and 300 from Mymensingh ranges were deployed in the city.