Voting underway in Comilla Mayoral polls
March 30th, 2017 at 1:20 pm
Voting underway in Comilla Mayoral polls

Dhaka – Voting in election to the Comilla City Corporation was generally peaceful Thursday barring a few incidents of intimidation allegedly by the ruling party activists.

The sound of homemade bomb explosions were heard at the Comilla City College premises nearly noontime, but no casualty was reported.

The voting began at 8 am and is scheduled to end at 4 pm.

The contest for the mayoral position is expected between Anjum Sultana Sima of ruling Awami League party and Monirul Haque Sakku of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. correspondent reported from the city that the voters turn out was comparably low despite many voters were seen on the queue in the morning.

A total of 114 candidates are contesting for 27 general councillor posts while 41 women for nine reserved seats, beside the mayoral positions.

A total of 207,566 voters — 102,447 males and 105,119 females — are eligible for casting their vote to choose their representative at the local government institution.

The authorities deployed additional police to maintain order during and after the election. Members of the paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh, and crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion were also deployed.

The law enforcement detained one person as he tried to escape with ballot paper, an on-duty magistrate told reporters.

BNP candidate Sakku alleged that the ruling party activists created panic among the common voters.