Dhaka – Voting in the northern Bangladeshi city of Rangpur passed off peacefully Thursday despite the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party alleged intimidation to some points.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda trashed the BNP allegation saying the party’s claim was incorrect.
“No such allegation came from the voters. The media are working there too. There was no report of intimidation,” the head of the election commission said in Dhaka as the voting ended at 4 pm in Rangpur.
He said the commission was happy with the election to the Rangpur City Corporation.
Election officials have begun counting soon after the voting was ended. The final result will be announced from the control room at the Police Community Hall after it is collected from the polling stations, said Subhash Chandra Sarkar, the returning officer of the election.
A total of 283 candidates, including seven for mayoral positions, contested the polls. Two hundred and eleven candidates contested for 33 general councillor positions while 65 others were 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: Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu of Awami League, Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa of Jatiya Party and Kawser Zaman Babla of BNP. They expressed satisfactions after casting votes at their respective polling centers.
Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad, who comes from the constituency, cast his vote at Shishumongal Primary School and said the election would be a test for the election commission headed by Huda.
Voting took place at 193 polling centres in the northern city from 8am to 4pm on Thursday. Nearly 400,000 are registered to vote in the polls, according to the voters’ roll.