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

Dhaka, Ctg City Corporation polls underway ( Live)
Observer Online Report
Published : Tuesday, 28 April, 2015,  Time : 9:31 AM,  View Count : 109
A reporter of Bangla daily newspaper 'Prothom Alo' came under attack when he went to Mahbub Ali Institute at Shahjahanpur area to cover the election news.

The attackers snatched away his two mobile phones, office ID card and another ID card given by EC. 

The polling officers took part in casting the fake votes at Bangla Bazar Government Girls' School centre in the capital.  

Voting suspended at Bashabo Girls' High School polling station as chase and counter-chase happened between the supporters of two councillors.

Both the supporters of AL backed councillor Masud Hasan Shamim and AL rebellion candidate Golam Mostafa opened fire to each other. 

Police tried to control the situation.

Several injured, including a journalist, as a clash ensued between the supporters of Awami League-backed councillor Md Yearu and rebellion candidate Md Salim at Kazi Nazrul Islam College polling centre.  

The supporters of two councillors locked into an altercation outside the centres for occupying the polling centres at Khilgaon area when the voting was underway.

Police fired blank shots to control the situation.

Journalists have allegedly been barred from entering several polling stations, including Mohammadpur, Mohakhali, in the capital.

Our reporter said, policemen obstructed them when they went to the centres to cover the election news.

BNP has also boycotted the polls in capital after Chittagong bringing allegation of capturing polling centres by pro-Awami League men.

BNP Standing Committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed announced this at 12 O'clock from a press briefing held at the BNP's Nayapaltan party office.

The clash ensued between the supporters of Jatiya Party-backed councillor candidate Shafiqul Islam Sentu and Awami League-backed candidate Babul at a centre in capital's Mohammadpur area on Tuesday morning.

Later, the members of Rapid Action Battalion and the law enforcers took the situation under control.

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Chittagong BNP-blessed mayor candidate M Manjur Alam has boycotted the polls bringing allegation of vote rigging and capturing centre.

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Election Commissioner Md Shahnewaz on Tuesday said action will be taken if journalists are obstructed from performing their duties in the polling centres at Election Commission Secretariate.

BNP-endorsed Dhaka North City Corporation mayor candidate Tabith Awal has hoped the city polls would be ‘free and fair’.

He went to Gulshan’s Manarat International School centre with his family members on Tuesday morning to vote.

The polling have been suspended at two centres in capital's Suritola area as clash ensued between the supporters of the two councillors.

Awami League-blessed mayoral candidate of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCCA) Annisul Huq casted his vote at Banani Bidyaniketon School and College centre.

Voting in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) is underway on Tuesday morning amid tight security.

It began at 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm without any break.

It is public holiday in the three cities.

A total of 1188 mayoral and councillor candidates are running for 182 posts in the three city corporations' polls, where some 60 lakh people are expected to exercise their franchise in 2,701 polling stations.

Of them, 48 candidates are running for three mayoral posts, while 249 for 45 reserved seats and 891 for 134 general councillor posts in the cities.

Some 80,000 law enforcers from police, RAB, BGB, Ansar-VDP, Coast Guard are on the election duty in the three city corporations, while a total of 49,333 polling persons are conducting the voting.

Besides, army has been kept ready and now stay inside the cantonment as reserve force.

A ban has been imposed on plying motorcycle from April 25 and other motor vehicles from 6am Tuesday to 8am in the following morning in three city corporation areas to make the security measure foolproof.

But, the motor vehicles of the candidates, administration and the persons who got permission from the concerned authority will be out of the purview of the ban.

Forty-eight mayoral candidates are contesting for three posts while 1,188 councilor candidates for 179 general and reserved wards in Dhaka and Chittagong city corporations.

In the DNCC, Awami League-backed candidate Annisul Huq is fighting  for the post of mayor with the symbol 'table-watch' while BNP-backed candidate Tabith Awal with 'bus'. Jatiya Party-backed candidate Bahauddin Ahmed Bablu with 'spindle', Mahi B Chowdhury of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh with 'eagle', Junaid Saki of Gonosonghoti Andolon with 'telescope', CPB-backed Abdullah Al Kafi Ratan with 'elephant', JSD candidate Nader Chowdhury with 'peacock', Md Shamsul Alam Chowdhury with 'leopard', AYM Qumrul Islam with 'cricket bat', Kazi Md Shahiduallh with 'hilsa fish', Moazzem Hossain Khan Majlish with 'flask', Chowdury Irad Ahmed Siddique with 'gourd', Md Anisuzzaman Khokon with 'dish antenna', Md Jaman Bhuiyan with 'table', Sheikh Shahiduzzaman with 'firebox' and Sheikh Md Fazle Bari Maswood with 'Orange' are also in DNCC mayoral race.

In the DSCC, AL-supported Syed Khokon is in the mayoral race with 'hilsa fish', while BNP-blessed candidate Mirza Abbas is in the contest with 'mug' as election symbol. Jatiya Party-backed candidate Saifuddin Ahmed Milon with election symbol 'Sofa', Islami Andolon of Charmonai-backed Abdur Rahman with 'flask', BNP's international affairs secretary Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon with 'orange', former Awami League MP Golam Maula Roni with 'ring', CPB-BSD-backed Bazlul Rashid Feroz with 'table', JSD (Inu) candidate Abdul Khaleq with 'cake', Bharatia Andolon candidate Baharane Sultan Bahar with 'shirt', journalist Dilip Badhra with 'elephant', journalist Ataullah with 'gourd', Advocate Ayub Hossain with 'ship', ASM Akram with 'cricket bat' and Shahidul Islam with 'bus' are also mayor candidates for the DSCC.

In the CCC, BNP-backed mayoral candidate M Manjur Alam is vying in the race with 'orange' symbol, while Awami League-backed candidate AJM Nasir Uddin is running with 'elephant' symbol. Besides, Jatiya Party-backed Solaiman Alam Sheth with 'dish antenna', Arif Moinuddin of BNF with 'bus', Mujibul Haq Shukkur of Islamic Front with 'peacock' and Shafiul Alam of JSD with hilsha fish are in the mayoral race.


Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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