5th Upazila Parishad polls at Sundarganj today
GAIBANDHA, June 17: All-out preparations have been completed by the administrations to hold the 5th Upazila Parishad (UP) polls in fifth phase in Sundarganj Upazila of the district on Tuesday in a free, fair and peaceful manner.
The polling will start at 8am and will continue till 4pm without any break. A public holiday has been announced in the upazila on the Election Day to enable the voters to exercise their rights to franchise, sources said.
As many as 3,39,218 voters including 1,65,328 male ones would cast their votes in 111 centres with 815 booths in the upazila in the fifth phase of the upazila polls like other parts of the country, said UNO and Assistant Returning Officer M. Soleman Ali.
A total of 4 candidates for chairmanship, 6 candidates for vice-chairmanship and 5 candidates for female vice-chairmanship are contesting the elections to be held on June 18, 2019, he also said.
All concerned including the members of the law-enforcement agencies and the officials have been asked to discharge their duties neutrally rising all sorts of fear and criticism, said Deputy Commissioner M. Abdul Matin.
Members of the RAB, BGB and police will be deployed so that the voters could cast their votes without any difficulties; said Police Super Engineer Abdul Mannan Miah.
Besides, a total of 1,332 members of Ansar and VDP have been deployed in all the voting centres of the upazila to help hold the elections peacefully, said Aftekharul Islam, district commandant of Ansar and VDP Department.
Mobile teams and striking forces drawn from Bangladesh Army, RAB and police will patrol the constituency and be placed in important places there, district elections officer M. Mahbubur Rahman.
Mobile and summary courts in the polling centres would instantly try the violators of law during the polling. A magistrate will accompany each team, he also said.
Movement of vehicles like motor-cycle, baby taxi, microbus, jeep, pickup van, car, bus and trucks in the constituencies has been banned from midnight of the polls day till next midnight to ensure peaceful election, he added.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) and Returning Officer Alamgir Kabir told The Daily Observer that all officials and employees concerned at all levels had been working relentlessly for holding the polls in a free, fair, and neutral way.