Preparations afoot to hold Ctg City polls
The Election Commission (EC) has completed all the necessary preparations to hold the Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) election on Wednesday.
A total of 19,38,706 voters of the Chattogram City Corporation will exercise their franchise to elect a mayor, 41 general councilors and 14 reserved councilors. The voting will begin at 8.00am and continued till 4.00pm.
Most of the polls related materials including EVM machines, packaging and other accessories have already been reached at each polling centre in Chattogram city.
Returning Officer Muhammad Hasanuzzaman said the election materials were sent from four venues-- Chattogram Jila Krira Sangstha, Agrabad Girls’ High School, Nasirabad Boys’ High School and Bandar School and College.
The EC has already taken control over the MA Aziz Stadium since Saturday for all kinds of election purposes to announcement the final poll results, Hasanuzzaman said.
Overall polls atmosphere at the field level is excellent and satisfactory till to date as there is no major allegation reported against flouting of the election rules and regulations, he added.
According to the local EC office, a total of 735 presiding officers, 4,886 assistants presiding officers and 9,772 polling officers will perform their respective duties during the polls.
A total of 14,370 members of law enforcement agencies including 25 platoons of BGB, 41 RAB teams, 140 teams of striking forces and 410 mobile teams will remain deployed during the election.
Besides, 69 executive magistrates and 20 judicial magistrates will discharge their duties to maintain law and order till the end of voting and counting of votes.
Meanwhile, the Chattogram Metropolitan Police have identified12 wards as 'risky' in the election.
The EC decided not to declare general holiday in Chattogram city area on the day of polls and issued a circular in this regard on Saturday. There would be no restriction on public transport movement.
Seven mayoral candidates are contesting in the election. They are Rezaul Karim Chowdhury (Awami League), Dr. Shahadat Hossain (BNP), Wahed Murad (Islamic Front Bangladesh), MA Matin (Bangladesh Islami Front), Jannatul Islam (Islami Andolan Bangladesh), Abul Manjur (Peoples Party) and Khokhan Chowdhury (Trinamul NDM).