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Voters divided over Gazipur city polls

  • Published at 07:41 am June 25th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:48 pm June 25th, 2018
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Gazipur city has prepared itself before the city corporation polls, set to be held on June 26 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

300 Khulna range police will maintain law and order during the election

Voters in Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election are divided over whether the election will be held fairly or not. 

Some think the election, set to be held on Tuesday, will be impartial- while others think they will  not be able to prevent others casting a vote in their names.

Such sentiments were echoed by Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) area resident Md Harun-ur-Rashid. "I will cast my vote at my leisure," said Harun. "But I will not be able to do anything if someone else casts my vote before me."

Harun sells seasonal fruits. Just like last year, he will cast his vote in the DUET polling centre.

Meanwhile, cigarette seller Md Rajab Ali, who lives in Sahapara of Dhaka Metropolitan city, is planning to cast his vote very early on the morning of the election.

"Last year, almost all the polling centres saw a fair voting process," said Rajab. "But I will cast my vote early this year just to ensure no else does it."

Voter Masud Mia from Shaheed Smriti Govt Primary School centre agrees. "I do not know whether the election will be fair or not. But I, alongside my family, will cast our votes at the start of the day."

"Our village never experienced any irregularities during voting," said fish-seller Arun Chandra Roy from Ward no 36 Icharkandi area. "There are 27,000 voters in my village. We believe it will be a fair election."

Workshop owner Abdul Barek thinks the situation on election day will determine whether he will cast his vote or not. "If it is favourable, I will go."

Housewife Rokeya Begum from Hridkhola area said: "Awami League is saying there will be no trouble. BNP is saying otherwise. If everyone comes to a mutual agreement, and there are no disputes, then I will cast my vote."

First time voter Shahadat Hossain, a Master's student from Bhawal Badre Gov't College, from Porabari area, said: "I feel good about getting to vote for the very first time. I will cast my vote for the one who is most eligible."

Gazipur Superintendent of Police (SP) said: "We have not observed any irregularities. Law enforcers are actively trying to create a suitable voting environment. They will be there to tackle any sort of unwanted activities."

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Khulna Range police Didar Ahmed said: "We have deployed 300 police officials to maintain law and order during the Gazipur City Corporation election. Officials starting from constables, to higher ranked ones, are currently positioned there."

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