Dhaka – Security forces have fanned out across Gazipur City Corporation areas as all set to prepared for the mayoral election in the local government body on Tuesday.
More than 1,400 police and members of the other law enforcement agencies will be deployed to maintain order during and after the elections, race in which is believed to be confined between two candidates from major political camps – the ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
The Awami League nominated Jahangir Alam while the BNP chose Hasan Uddin Sarker as their candidates as five other from different parties are contesting the polls.
Md Ruhul Amin of Communist Party of Bangladesh, Md Jalal Uddin of Bangladesh Islami Front, Fazlul Haque Minar of Islami Oikkya Jote, Md Nasir Uddin of Islami Andolan Bangladesh and an independent candidate, Farid Ahmed, have also been contesting.
The voting will begin at 8 am and ended at 4 pm.
In addition to the police presence, paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh troopers have been deployed as striking force to avert any untoward incident, said Returning Officer of the Gazipur city election.
The troopers started patrol on different parts of the city from Monday morning, he said.
The electioneering came to an end on Sunday as per the electoral laws. The election commission also asked outsiders to leave the city constituency ahead of the voting, Raqib added.
More than 1.1 million voters are registered to cast their votes in the election at 425 polling stations.
A total of 254 candidates are contesting for the position of 57 general wards. Eighty-four women have been contesting the fray for 19 reserve seats for women.