Sporadic clashes mark 5th-phase municipal elections; one dies

Staff Correspondent

1 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The fifth-phase of municipal elections marked sporadic clashes leaving one dead and several others injured in different municipalities in the country on Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Choton Adhikari from Munshipara in Sayedpur Upazila of Nilphamari district.

He died in a clash between the supporters of two candidates running for the post of councilor.

Sayedpur Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abul Hasnat confirmed the incident.

Against the backdrop of sporadic violence, opposition parties brought allegations of massive irregularities in polls, including vote rigging.

The ruling party, however, brushed aside such claims, saying that elections        

were held in a peaceful manner compared to other elections held in the past.

The voting started at 8:00am and ended at 4:00pm at 29 municipalities on the day. Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were used in 29 municipalities.

Although several parties are taking part in the election, the main contest was held between the candidates of the ruling Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Out of total of 1,712 candidates, 100 ran for mayoral posts, 342 for reserved seats of councilor and 1,270 for councilors posts.