2nd-phase UZ Elections

Electionering ends tonight, polls Monday

ANM Mohibub Uz Zaman

16 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Electioneering for the second phase of Upazila Parishad polls will end tonight while the voting will be held on Monday. 

Additional members of police, RAB, BGB, Ansar-VDP, Coast Guard and APBN will be deployed on Saturday to ensure security during the election in 117 upazilas.

The Election Commission will appoint an executive magistrate in each upazila from today.

The candidates for the post of chairman, vice-chairman and reserved vice-chairman are passing a hectic day conducing last-minute campaign.

The poll campaign did not create a buzz due to BNP’s boycott.

The Election Commission has already completed all necessary preparation to hold fair election and ballot paper and other materials will be sent to the polling center on Sunday, said Farhad Ahmmed Khan, EC joint secretary.

A total of 23 chairmen, 12 vice-chairmen and 11 reserved vice-chairmen were elected unopposed.

The EC official said the

poll campaign will end on Saturday midnight, as according to the electoral law, all types of campaign have to be postponed 32 hours before the polls start.

The EC also banned showing and carrying licenced arms seven days ahead of the election.

Two to three platoons of BGB, RAB and Coast Gurad have been deployed as striking force in electoral area from Saturday.

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

Executives and judicial magistrates will also be on duty during the polls to maintain the electoral code of conduct.

Mobile and striking forces comprised of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Armed Police Battalion, BGB, Coast Guard and Ansar will be deployed to each upazila.

Additional member of law enforcement agencies have been deployed two days ahead of election and two days after the election to maintain law and order during election.

Law enforcers will keep the situation peaceful after consulting with the returning officer.

The election commission imposed a ban on plying of motorcycles and motorised vehicles. Restrictions on motorbikes came into effect two days ahead of the day of polls.

The restriction will be applicable to motorised three-wheelers, auto-rickshaws, motor bikes, cabs, microbuses, jeeps, pickup vans, private cars, buses, trucks, tempos, easy bikes and locally manufactured vehicles.

The ban of movement of motorcycles will be relaxed on the inter-district roads, highways and connecting roads.

Besides, the vehicles of all officials performing election duty and law enforcement agencies, ambulances, fire service and civil defence, electricity, gas and telecom will be kept out of the purview of the restriction.