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EC issues health directives for upcoming Dhaka 18, Sirajganj 1 by-polls

  • Published at 04:06 pm October 29th, 2020
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File photo of Election Commission building Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Voters must wear a mask before going into voting centers

The Election Commission has issued several health safety directives for the upcoming by-elections of two parliamentary constituencies — Dhaka 18 and Sirajganj 1 —  that are scheduled to be held on November 12.

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, everything related to the elections has to be done in compliance with the health safety guidelines, said the Election Commission.

According to the directives issued by the commission, the election campaigns have to be run following the election laws while wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

A voter must wear a mask before going into the voting center and maintain a distance of three feet with other voters. Only one voter is allowed to enter the voting room at a time; hand sanitizers will be provided to the voter before he enters the room.

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Voting officers, polling agents, reporters, and other concerned people at the voting centers have to fulfil their respective duties while wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

The elections will be held from 9am to 5pm without a break through electronic voting machines (EVMs) instead of traditional ballot papers.

Awami League chose Habib Hasan and Tanvir Shakil Joy for Dhaka 18 and Sirajganj 1 constituencies respectively.

Meanwhile, BNP picked SM Jahangir and Selim Reza as its candidates to contest the Dhaka 18 and Sirajganj 1 by-elections respectively.

The Dhaka 18 seat became vacant after the death of former minister and Awami League presidium member Sahara Khatun, while the Sirajganj 1 seat got vacant following the demise of former minister and Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim.

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