Dhaka – Election is underway Rangpur City Corporation with electors casting their vote in a festive mood to elect a mayor and other representative in the northern Bangladeshi city.
The voting began at 8 am and will continue till 4 pm.
A huge number of voters, including male, female and youths, were seen standing in queues in the polling centres since morning.
The voters’ turnout was good although it was thin in the morning, said Subhash Chandra Sarkar, Returning Officer of the election, adding that adequate security arrangement was put in place.
Twenty-four security personnel were patrolling at each of the 108 vulnerable polling centres while 22 security men in every other 85 poling centres were deployed to ensure peaceful voting, he said.
A total of 283 candidates, including seven for mayoral positions, have been contesting the election. Two hundred and eleven candidates were contesting for 33 general councillor positions while 65 others were contenting for 11 reserved councillor seats for the women.
The contest for the mayoral position is likely to be confined among three candidates from ruling Awami League party, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Jatiya Party.
They are running the election with their party symbols.
Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu of Awami League with election symbol Boat, Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa of Jatiya Party with the symbol Plough and Kawser Zaman Babla of BNP with Sheaf of Paddy expressed satisfactions after casting votes at their respective polling centers.
They said the election was progressing peacefully.
Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad cast his vote at Shishumongal Primary School while Awami League-nominated candidate Jhantu at Salema Girls’ High School, Jatiya Party-nominated Mostafa at Alamnagar Government Primary School and BNP-nominated candidate Babla at Dewantuli Government Primary School polling centres this morning.
Ershad, also a former president of Bangladesh, hoped that the election would be free and fair.
He said it will be a test for the election commission headed by KM Nurul Huda. The result of this election would impact the next general election, added Ershad.