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Campaigns in full swing ahead of Barisal city polls

  • Published at 02:04 am July 22nd, 2018
Sadiq Abdullah
Awami League’s mayoral candidate Serniyabat Sadiq Abdullah campaignign at various aprts of the city on Saturday Dhaka Tribune

Central leaders of different parties along with local leaders are participating in campaigns

Candidates of Barisal City Corporation polls are campaigning in full swing, braving bad weather to reach voters.

Central leaders of different parties along with local leaders are also participating in these campaigns.

BNP-led 20-party alliance mayoral candidate Majibor Rahman Sarwar campaigned at several wards in the city on Saturday.

He demanded army deployment during the election slated for July 30.

Sarwar expressed concern over the arrest of alliance leaders.

Police arrested several local leaders of BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami over the last few days.

BNP-led 20-party alliance mayoral candidate Majibor Rahman Sarwar Dhaka Tribune

BNP Vice Chairman Abdullah Al Noman, who attended the campaign on behalf of the mayoral candidate, urged people to vote for Sarwar.

He said they would launch a movement to oust the government if any irregularities were found in the election.

Meanwhile, Awami League’s mayoral candidate Serniyabat Sadiq Abdullah campaigned in different points of the city on Saturday and urged people to vote for him of they want a better city.

He said no untoward incident has taken place so far.

The candidate hoped voters would be able to vote in a congenial atmosphere.

Sadiq said there will be no chance of rigging if electronic voting machines are set up in the polling centres.

He said the Election Commission should decide on army deployment.

“We want a positive election. But I think no situation has been created yet which requires army deployment.”

Jatiya Party mayoral candidate Iqbal Hossain Tapas, who campaigned in numerous areas of the city, alleged the Election Commission failed to ensure a level playing field.

However, Returning Officer Helal Uddin said the environment is favourable compared to Sylhet and Rajshahi, the other two city corporations in which elections are to be held on the same day.

“The time has not yet come to complain that a level playing field has not been ensured,” he said.

Police have the right to arrest people if there are complaints or warrants against them, the election official added.