The Election Commission (EC) will sit in a meeting with law enforcement agencies today to discuss law and order situation during the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The meeting will be held at the EC auditorium in the morning.
EC sources said the commission will also discuss the deployment of army from December 24 to January 1.
At the meeting, the Commission will decide deployment of mobile striking force and numbers of magistrates and law enforcers for polling stations.
It will fix the duration of law enforcers’ duties after receiving opinions from officials, EC joint secretary Farhad Ahmed Khan said.
Officials of the home ministry, the education ministry, the police, the Border Guard Bangladesh, the Rapid Action Battalion, the Ansar-VDP, the Armed Police Battalion and the Coastguard, representatives from intelligence agencies and returning officers will be present at the meeting.
The chief election commissioner, four election commissioners and the EC secretary will give overall directives to conduct the polls properly. bA total of 1,841 candidates are contesting the election — 1,745 of them are candidates of different political parties and 96 are independent candidates.
The EC allocated Tk 400 crore on security arrangements to maintain law and order while Tk 300 crore will be spent on the electoral process.
Around 6.5 lakh law enforcers will be deployed to maintain law and order during the election while 80,166 law enforcers will be deployed in the polling centres, the sources said.
Members of the Border Guard Bangladesh, the Rapid Action Battalion, the Armed Police Battalion and the Coastguard will be deployed as striking forces on December 26.