Though the deadline for removing the election campaign materials ended on Sunday night, two Dhaka City Corporations on Monday conducted drives in the capital and removed election campaign materials, including posters, banners, billboards, festoons and leaflets.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) carried out the drives as per the directive of the Election Commission (EC).A team of DSCC led by executive magistrate Masud Rana and additional chief waste management officer Khandakar Millatul Islam carried out the drive in different areas, including Suritola, English Road, Purana Paltan, Azimpur, Khilgaon and Motijheel and cleared the materials.
“For the last 2 weeks we have been removing the campaign materials including posters, banners, billboards, festoons and leaflets with the help of 2000 staff members of our city corporation in 57 wards,” said DSCC additional chief waste management officer Khandakar Millatul Islam.
When asked why they could not meet the EC’s deadline, he said it is difficult to remove billboards and posters on the wall.
Apart from that, the aspirant candidates did not take any initiative to remove their posters as per the instruction of EC, he said. On the other hand, five teams of DNCC led by five zonal executive officers conducted drives in different parts of the city. They are Md Selim Fakir, Md Hemayet Hossain, ASM Shofiul Azam, Gullal Singha Md Syed Qudratullah and Nahid Ahsan.
Talking to the correspondent, executive magistrate of DNCC Sajid Anwar said, “Apart from routine work, our staff members removed election campaign materials earlier.”
“I conducted drive in Uttara, Badda, Rampura and Aftabnagar areas and removed all campaign materials since morning,” said DNCC zonal executive officer (Uttara) Selim Fakir.Earlier, the EC issued a circular to get rid of election campaign materials by November 18.