The Election Commission (EC) will take a tough line on the upcoming Upazila Parishad election to deal with any sort of violence and anomalies centring the polls.
It will deploy armed members of law enforcement agencies to the polling centres and increase the number of striking force, i.e. RAB, Police and BGB to keep the violence at bay. “If we find any sort of anomalies, we will postpone the election,” EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told daily sun.An adequate number of executive magistrates will keep vigilance over the election area along with the law enforcement apparatus, he said.
An executive magistrate will keep vigilance over each upazila from February 10 to March 7 and the number of them will be increased three days ahead of election.
Earlier, the commission informed the aspirants about the electoral code and conducts, plus the penalties they would face due to violation of electoral law.
The EC will hold a fresh meeting with the law enforcement agencies to form strategy to maintain law and order situation under control.
One executive magistrate will keep vigilance over three union parishads while one will be with the striking force.
The EC has already appointed 87 executive magistrates for the first phase of UZ elections and 129 for the second phase.The Returning Officer (RO) can cancel the candidacies, impose fine on the aspirants or jail them if they violate the electoral code.
A total of 1,088 aspirants submitted their nomination papers in 86 Upazila Parishads to contest the posts of chairman, vice-chairman and reserved vice-chairman in the first phase of Upazila Parishad election slated for March 10.
Among the aspirants, 286 submitted nominations for chairmen posts, 487 for vice-chairmen and 315 for reserved post of vice-chairmen, said the election management officials of EC.
The first phase of UZ election will be held on March 10 in 87 upazilas under 12 districts in four divisions while the second phase on March 18 in 129 upazilas under 17 districts of five divisions.
The fourth phase of the election will be held on March 31 while the last phase of the five-phase polls after the Ramadan which is likely to begin on May 5.
The total expense to hold the polls would go around Tk500 crore.
The fourth Upazila Parishad poll was held in 2014 in six phases. A total of 487 upazilas went to polls at that time.