3rd-Phase UZ Polls

Electioneering ends, voting tomorrow

Staff Correspondent

22nd March, 2019 10:11:15 printer

Electioneering for the third-phase Upazila Parishad polls has ended on Friday midnight ahead of the voting scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday).

A total 1,376 candidates are vying for the posts of chairman, vice-chairman and reserved vice-chairman in 117 Upazila Parishads in 25 districts under the third phase.

Of them, 358 are vying for chairman posts, 604 for vice-chairman and 414 for reserved vice-chairman posts.

Thirty-three chairman, nine vice chairman and 13 reserve vice chairman candidates have been elected unopposed.

According to reports from the election areas, candidates passed a busy day on Friday, the last day for the electioneering. Most of the heavyweight chairmen candidates carried out hectic effort for bagging maximum vote in the polls.

BNP is not taking part in the polls but there will be contest between rebel candidates of AL in some Upazila Parishad.

Meanwhile, election to Lohagara Upazila in Chottogram and Kutubdia Upazila in Cox’s Bazar has been postponed after a court order.

The Election Commission has completed all necessary preparation to hold the election. Ballot papers and other election materials will be sent to the polling centres on Saturday.

The EC also banned the display and carrying of licensed arms seven days before the elections.

Executives and judicial magistrates have been deployed to ensure the adherence to the electoral code of conduct.

To maintain law and order situation during the polls, 14 members of the police, Ansar and VDP will be deployed at every general centre, and 15 at every risky and special vote centres on the election day.

Mobile and striking forces comprised of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Armed Police Battalion, BGB, Coast Guard and Ansar have been deployed in every Upazila ahead of the polls.

Law enforcers will maintain law and order situation in consultation with the returning officers.