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Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Baishakh 15, 1422 BS, Rajab 8, 1436 Hijr

80,000 law enforcers on election duty
Published : Tuesday, 28 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 61

Mamunur Rashid
As many as 80,000 personnel of regular law enforcement agencies, including police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coast Guard and Ansar will be on duty to ensure safe voting for choosing a new leadership of three city corporations-two in Dhaka and the other in Chittagong, according to election officials.
The elections to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) start from 8 am today to continue till 4pm without break.
The deployment of such law enforcers, including magistrates, is effective for four days, from April 26 to April 29.
Meanwhile, 22-24 law enforcement officials have already been deployed in each of the 1982 polling stations across the capital. The presiding officers have sent election materials to their respective polling centres with the help of law enforcement officials.
Besides, teams of police, Ansar & VDP, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh have been on  patrol across the capital since Sunday night to ensure a safe environment.
Apart from 80,000 personnel, 492 magistrates, including 33 judicial ones, have been engaged on election duty to deal with any possible election-related violence and breaching of the election code of conduct in the areas under the jurisdiction of three city corporations.
A Home Ministry circular says 536 mobile teams of police and RAB will be patrolling, while 66 other teams of police are working as striking forces taking positions along different strategic points in the two cities.
Besides, BGB's 100 and Coast Guard's 7 platoons have been assigned for election duty in DNCC, DSCC and CCC.
A platoon consists of 30-35 members.
As there are 134 wards in three cities -57 in DSCC, 36 in DNCC and 41 in CCC -- some four magistrates will be in each ward on average in Dhaka and Chittagong to conduct the mobile courts for four days.
Some 50,000 polling officials will conduct vote casting in the three city corporations on Tuesday.

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