The mayoral aspirants of the ruling Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party are passing their hectic days as the city polls are knocking at the door.
Although the four mayoral candidates have made relentless efforts to drum up public support and mandate with festivity but use of high-pitched sound from canvassing vans, rickshaws and convoys is causing more trouble to the students, especially SSC examinees and patients.According to the Code of Conduct of the Election Commission, no candidate can use loudspeakers to run campaign before 2:00pm and after 8:00pm.
But non-stop canvassing and the use of loudspeakers have turned out to be a nuisance for DSCC and DNCC dwellers as campaigners are using loud speakers even after 10:00pm. On the 16th day of the poll campaign on Saturday, the four candidates separately campaigned in several areas of the city to woo voters in favour of their respective vote symbols ‘Boat’ and ‘Sheaf of Paddy.’
During their poll campaigns, all the aspirants gave promises for ensuring facilities and better life to the voters on the occasion of February 1 elections in DSCC and DNCC. Candidates of AL and BNP have carried out their campaigns through rallies, indoor meetings to seek votes. “Mayoral aspirant Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh of Awami League and Ishraque Hossain of BNP are contesting the elections to the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) while Awami League’s Atiqul Islam is fighting against BNP’s Tabith Awal for the mayoral post of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
While participating in electioneering through a bicycle, DNCC mayoral candidate Atiqul Islam urged all not to create any disturbance for the city dwellers while conducting election campaign. All has to go by the code of conduct. Campaigners should not do anything that hurts people and do not create any traffic congestion during poll campaign,” he said while carrying out poll campaign at Nodda Bazar at Gulshan.
Later conducting electioneering at Gulshan Park area, Atiqul vowed to construct 24 more parks for DNCC people if he is elected the mayor.
“DNCC will be a modern, dynamic and healthy city corporation. There will be sufficient playgrounds and parks alongside ensuring safety for the citizens so that our next generation will be grown up with a good health,” he said.Regarding the announcement of manifesto, Atiqul assured that he would announce the election manifesto on Sunday and there will be surprises.
During his election campaign, DSCC mayoral candidate Taposh claimed that the opponents have been busy to make complaints.
“We are going door-to-door for wooing votes but our opponents are busy with making complaints. They have no guideline for the development of the people of Dhaka. They are busy with national politics,” he said while campaigning at Babubazar.
He also hoped that city dwellers would choose their servant by casting their votes in favour ‘Boat’ symbol for getting developed Dhaka.
“The people of Dhaka have widely accepted the outline we have given for the development of Dhaka. City dwellers have responded wherever we are going to campaign,” he said
Talking over election manifesto, Taposh said he would announce poll manifesto on January 28.
“Hopefully, we can publish our election manifesto on January 28 with a view to building a better Dhaka,” he said.
Later the AL-backed mayoral candidate carried out poll campaign at Sadarghat, Tatibazar, Shakharibazar, Bangshal and nearby areas.
DSCC mayoral candidate of BNP, Ishraque called upon AL mayoral candidate Taposh not to make any influence in the city polls.
“Opponent AL candidate is a gentlemen. I hope he will not make any influence in the city poll. We will abide by the result through the fair poll but it will not be accepted if vote is rigged,” he said while electioneering at Gopibag.
Expressing concern over vote rigging by Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), Ishraque said he does not know whether the demand for cancellation of EVM would be implemented or not.
“But party leaders are being trained so that voting by EVMs is conducted with a good manner. But we have that fear for vote rigging as well,” he said.
BNP’s DNCC aspirant Tabith assured that no slum dwellers will be evicted from their residence without rehabilitation.
“Slum dwellers are in a great trouble as now the slum areas are being evacuated by setting fire in a planned manner. We will rehabilitate slum people if I am elected mayor,” he said while conducting campaign at Mirpur Kitchen market.
He said, “Extortion and drug trade are going on in Mirpur. We will work to eliminate these menaces if I am elected Mayor. No one will be allowed to do misdeeds. There is no safety for working people. We will work to ensure their safety,” he said.
The last DNCC election was 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.