Dhaka City Elections

Mayoral candidates use techniques to woo voters

Staff Correspondent

23 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

With the Dhaka city elections approaching nearer, the ruling Awami League (AL) and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-backed mayoral candidates are carrying out hectic poll campaign to woo voters.

The Awami League and BNP mayoral contenders along with their supporters are applying all kinds of techniques to convince voters to cast votes for their respective poll symbols ‘Boat’ and ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.

Mayoral aspirant Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh of Awami League and BNP’s Ishraque Hossain are contesting election to the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) while Awami League’s Atiqul Islam is fighting against BNP’s Tabith Awal for mayoral post of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).

On the 13th day of the electioneering, the four candidates visited different areas, held street rallies and attended various indoor meetings in the capital as part of their poll campaign.

All the mayoral aspirants continued to make various promises for development of Dhaka city while conducting poll campaign ahead of the high-voltage city polls slated for February 1.

During his poll campaign in the city’s Mohammadpur area, DNCC mayoral candidate Atiqul of Awami League stressed the need for digital poll campaign instead of poster-based electioneering.

“The Election Commission should think of introducing digital poll campaign by banning the use of posters as posters mar the beauty of the city,” he told a poll rally at Pulpar in the city’s Rayerbazar area.

Atiqul pledged that, if elected, he would give importance to containing Aides mosquito to fight dengue fever.

“During my nine-month tenure as DNCC mayor, I appointed a pesticide specialist to work for containing Aides mosquito,” he said adding he would work for building a healthy and livable Dhaka by eliminating water-logging and traffic congestion.

DNCC mayoral candidate Tabith Awal of BNP said he is waiting to see EC measures over the attack on him. “I want cancellation of Mujib Sarwar Masum’s candidacy in the election,” he said adding that the EC should be more active in discharging its duty in the elections.

Tabith carried out election campaign at Haji Camp at Ashkona, Kazibari and Dakkhinkhan areas in the city.

The BNP candidate came under attack while carrying out poll campaign in Mirpur area on Tuesday, but Awami League and BNP-backed mayoral candidates blamed each other for the attack.

Tabith Awal claimed that Awami League-backed councilor candidate Mujib Sarwar Masum and his supporters attacked them during their poll campaign.

DSCC mayoral candidate Taposh of Awami League said if elected, he would not increase taxes rather taxes will be adjusted.

He made the pledge while speaking at a meeting with businessmen at Kara Convention Centre in the city.

Taposh also said he wants to make Dhaka south city a corruption-free institution.

“Modern technology will be introduced to collect taxes. Use of technology will increase collection of taxes,” he added. The AL candidate also vowed to address traffic jam in the city by taking varios initiatives, including reform of the transport system and creation of different lanes for slow-pace vehicles.

DSCC mayoral contender of BNP Ishraque Hossain called upon the police to work for the betterment of the people.

“An attack was carried out on BNP’s DNCC mayoral candidate on Tuesday but no one is yet to be arrested. The police should play vital role as per the directive of the EC for the sake of the people,” he said during his poll campaign at Jhauchar Bazar of West Hazaribagh.

Ishraq alleged that the Dhaka city has been destroyed by the incumbent government. “So we need change,” he said.

The last elections to DSCC and DNCC were held in 2015. Sayeed Khokon was elected mayor of DSCC and Annisul Huq became mayor of DNCC.  Later, Atiqul Islam became DNCC mayor as the mayoral post there fell vacant following the death of Annisul Huq.