Elections to 116 Upazila Parishads in 16 districts were held in the second phase on Monday without any major incident of violence and irregularity.
Voters exercised their franchise at 7,039 polling centres in 116 upazilas from 8:00am to 4:00pm to elect a chairman and two vice-chairmen for each upazila.Election to chairman post was held on party lines amid boycott by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
The Election Commission suspended voting at eight polling stations following allegations of irregularities and violence.
In the second phase of the local-body polls, a total of 23 chairmen, 13 vice-chairmen and 12 reserved vice-chairmen candidates have already been elected unopposed.
The police administration took tight security measures to avert any untoward incidents.
A large number of police, RAB, BGB, Coastguard, Ansar and VDP members were deployed in the election areas. Army troops were deployed in hill districts.
Many alleged that stray incidents of rigging and other irregularities took place in the elections. Low voter turnout was also reported in this phase.EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said elections to 116 Upazila Parishads were held peacefully.
He made the remarks at a post-election press conference at the EC media centre in Agargoan in the capital.
“Free, fair and peaceful elections were held in this phase. A huge presence of voters was found in most of the polling centres.
Earlier, the EC announced that polls in 129 upazilas will be held in the second phase, but elections in seven upazilas have been postponed while six others shifted to other phases, said an EC official.
A total of 377 candidates vied for the chairman posts, 548 for vice-chairman posts and 400 for reserved vice-chairman posts.