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Elections in 9 municipalities, 160 UPs today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Elections in 9 municipalities, 160 UPs today

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Elections to nine municipalities and 160 union parishads (UP) will be held across the country today.

The nine municipalities are Bhanga in Faridpur, Nangalkot in Comilla, Chakaria and Maheshkhali in Cox's Bazar, Sonagazi in Feni, Kabirhat in Noakhali, Nawapara in Jessore, Debiganj in Panchagarh and Boalkhali in Chittagong districts.

The union parishads (UP) elections will be held in Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Noakhali, Chittagong and Cox's Bazar districts.

The elections were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic earlier.

The voting will begin at 8:00am and continue till 4:00pm without any break. Electronic voting machine (EVMs) will be used in all municipalities while 11 union parishads. A total 27 candidates are contesting the polls for mayoral post while 2, 76,842 voters will cast their vote in the polls, according to EC.

A total 500 chairman candidates will contest for the posts in 160 union parishads across the country.

A total of 43 chairman candidates of ruling Awami League have already won the elections uncontested in Bagerhat, Chattogram and Khulna districts.

Of the union parishads that will go into polls tomorrow, 34 are in Khulna, 66 in Bagerhat, 21 in Satkhira, 13 in Noakhali, 12 in Chattogram and 14 in Cox’s Bazar.

All preparations have been completed to arrange polls in a peaceful manner, said EC sources adding that ballot papers, EVMs and other voting materials have already been sent to the polling centers.

Voting will be held in around 4,500 union parishads of the country in several phases in the coming months.

Earlier on 3 March, the EC announced the schedule of first phase election in 371 union parishads, but that was postponed due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country.

Voting was held in 204 union parishads on 21 June while the polls were postponed at another 167 union parishads as Covid-19 situation worsened in the bordering districts.