Campaign for 4th phase of UZ poll begins today

Staff Correspondent

14 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Campaign for elections to 122 upazilas of Bangladesh in the fourth phase of upazila parishad polls will begin on Thursday.

However, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will boycott the polls slated for March 31.  Returning officers will allocate polls symbol on Thursday as the last date for withdrawal of candidature expired on Wednesday.

As per electoral law, candidates may start polls campaign as soon as they get polls symbols.

A total of 1,443 aspirants submitted nominations for contesting the posts of chairman, vice-chairman and reserved vice-chairman in 122 upazila parishads. There is no contestant in 48 UZs.

As per provision in local government law, chairman candidates from registered political parties will participate in upazila elections with party symbols.

According to polls schedule, March 6 was the last date for submission of nomination papers while intending candidates may withdraw their candidatures till March 13.

As per EC, a total of 415 polls aspirants submitted nomination forms to vie for chairman,  601 vice-chairman and 427 reserved chairman posts.

Of them, 21 maiden chairmen, 11 maiden vice-chairmen and 16 maiden reserved vice-chairmen. This was found after reviewing information.

The number of uncontested posts will be increased. The EC will announce this on Thursday.  Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said on Wednesday that the first phase of upazila election was held in a free, fair and peaceful manner.

He said this while exchanging opinions with law enforcers at Sylhet DC office. He said, “The first phase of UZ polls was held in a peaceful manner. EC officials, local administration and law enforcers helped make it successful.”

He said the law enforcers have been asked to prevent violence during polls. He also urged them to ensure that voters can freely cast their votes to the candidates of their choice.