• Monday, Oct 03, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Tensions rise as CCC gears up for polls

  • Published at 09:02 am January 26th, 2021
Election Mehehdi

Edris Ali, BNP’s Chittagong city chapter office secretary said that more than one hundred of his party fellows have been arrested ahead of the polls

A sense of worry, fear, and unease is prevailing among the voters and the candidates alike ahead of the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls slated for Wednesday.

Lokman Hossain, a grocer of the city’s Oxygen area, said that the festivities centring on the polls are long gone.

“I am still unsure of casting my vote. I will decide in the morning if I will go to the polling centre or not,” said he.

On the other hand, first-time voters are enthusiastic about the polls.

“My name has been enrolled in the voter list and I am going to exercise my voting rights for the first time. I will go to the polling centre whatever the situation is,” said Tamanna Akhter, a private university student.  

Anjuman Ara Begum, of the Khulshi area, said that she would not go to the polling centre since it’s a foregone conclusion who would win the polls.

Prof Dr Muhammad Sekander Khan, Chittagong chapter president of Sushashaner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) told Dhaka Tribune that a sense of fear has gripped the voters.

“It is the responsibility of the Election Commission and the administration to dispel the fears. However, sufficient measures have not been taken to dispel their fears. It is a positive sign that the BNP mayoral candidate has declared to fight to the last,” said Prof Khan, also vice-chancellor of East Delta University.

Also Read- CCC gears up for polls on Wednesday amid violence frights

“The BNP mayoral candidate alleged that many of his party fellows who will act as polling agents have been arrested ahead of the polls. The BNP mayoral candidate will be hard put since polling agents cannot be replaced on short notice. In addition, the voter turnout is an indicator of the favourable electoral atmosphere,” Prof Khan added.

Akhtar Kabir Chowdhury, president of Chittagong city unit of Sacheton Nagorik Committee, under Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), said that the Election Commission, administration, and the political parties should come forward to ensure an atmosphere conducive to the polls.

“People are increasingly becoming doubtful and apprehensive about polls. We do not want any further electoral violence. We expect that voters will exercise their voting rights without any fear and return home safely. It will have a damaging impact on democracy if the voters lose their interest in the polls,” he said.

Edris Ali, BNP’s Chittagong city chapter office secretary said that more than one hundred of his party fellows have been arrested ahead of the polls.

“The EC and the administration should ensure a free and fair electoral environment,” he said.

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Shafiqul Islam Faruk, AL’s Chittagong city chapter publicity secretary claimed that a festive atmosphere is prevailing in the city.

“BNP wants to make the polls questionable. Polls will be held peacefully and there is no fear of electoral violence,” he said.    

Referring to the allegations of the BNP mayoral candidate, the AL leader said that the police arrested people having specific charges against them. 

This time a total of seven candidates, 172 councillor candidates for general wards and 57 women's reserve seat candidates have joined the electoral race.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail