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Fifth phase UP polls: Voting ends in 708 UPs

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 5th January, 2022 05:27:45 PM
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Balloting in the elections to some 708 Union Parishads (UPs) in 48 districts of the country in the fifth phase of the countrywide elections to the lowest tier of the local government ended on Wednesday afternoon.

The polling begun at 8:00am and continued till 4:00pm without any break.

Electronic voting machines (EVMs) were being used in 40 UPs while traditional ballot papers in the rest of the UPs, according to the Election Commission (EC).

A total of 3,278 chairman, 25,233 general member and 7,950 reserve member candidates are contesting the local body polls being boycotted by most opposition parties, including Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), as they announced that they would not participate in any election under the current EC.

Some 14,220,195 voters – 7,060,140 males, 6,836,031 females and 21 transgender ones - will be able to exercise their franchise in 708 UPs under 95 upazilas.

Like previous phases, the supporters of different rival candidates got involved in clashes and vandalism in different parts of the country centring on the fifth phase of the elections.

The ruling is struggling to prevent rebel candidates from contesting the polls in most UPs.

The first phase of the UP elections was held on June 21 and September 20 while the second phase on November 11 and the third phase on November 28.

Meanwhile, the sixth phase of the elections is billed for January 31.