The Election Commission (EC) devised a tight security plan to deal with any breach of the electoral code of conduct and ensure that the next parliamentary election is held in a free and fair manner.
Around 6.5 lakh law enforcement personnel will be deployed to maintain law and order during the election while 80,166 law enforcers will be deployed in the polling centres, sources said.Around 470,000 Ansar men and 40,000 village policemen will assist the law enforcement personnel in maintaining the law and order during the polls.
Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Armed Police Battalion, Coastguard will be deployed as striking forces outside the polling centres. They will enter the polling centres as deemed necessary by the presiding officers.
EC is also planning to deploy army in the election.
As per the plan, 1,693 executive magistrates along with judicial magistrates will conduct vigilance to punish violators of the electoral code.
EC Joint Secretary Farhad Ahmed Khan said they will hold a meeting with law enforcement agencies at the EC on December 13 to discuss the agreements for maintaining law and order before, during and after the election.The EC at the meeting will decide on deployment of mobile striking forces, the number of magistrates and law enforcers for the polling stations, and duration of polls duties by law enforcing agencies.
High officials of the home ministry, education ministry, police, BGB, RAB, Ansar-VDP, Armed Police Battalion, Coastguard, representatives from the armed forces and intelligence agencies and returning officers will attend the meeting.
The Chief Election Commissioner, his four deputies and the EC secretary at the meeting will give directives to the officials concerned to help hold the polls smoothly.
A total 14 personnel, including one armed member of the police and one armed member of Ansar will guard each general voting centre outside metropolitan areas while the number of armed personnel will increase to four at risky voting centres with the same setup.
A total 16 personnel, five armed, will guard each regular voting centre in metropolitan areas while 18 personnel, seven armed, will stand guard at the risky polling centres.
The striking forces will be deployed from December 26 across the country.
EC allocated Tk 400 crore on security arrangements to maintain law and order while Tk 300 crore will be spent on the electoral process.