No army deployment for Narayanganj mayoral polls  
December 10th, 2016 at 2:20 pm
No army deployment for Narayanganj mayoral polls  

Dhaka – The Election Commission has viewed that deployment of army was not necessary for maintaining order during the upcoming mayoral elections in Narayanganj city, officials said on Saturday.

“Law and order situation was fine there, and army troop deployment is not necessary,” Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad told reporters after a meeting of the commission.

The commission at a meeting with the senior officials of the home ministry, law enforcements and intelligence agencies reviewed the situation and came up with the decision.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party, an opposition outside parliament, has demanded deployment of the armed forces troops to maintain election-time order in the city, locate more than 20 kilometers away from the capital Dhaka.

The opposition also feared that the election might be rigged at some point

The election commission has decided to put the police, crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion and paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh to be on duty during the elections as usual.

Voting in the city corporation will be held on December 22. The main contest will remain between the candidate of ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.