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Returning officer: GCC polls proceeding smoothly

  • Published at 07:21 am June 26th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:26 am June 26th, 2018
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Women line up to cast their votes in a polling centre during Gazipur City Corporation election Mahmud Hossain Opu
There have been no complaints from any quarters, he said

The election is proceeding smoothly, with no complaints from any quarters, said Returning Officer of Gazipur City Corporation election Rakib Uddin Mandol. 

He conveyed the information in a press conference held in his office on Tuesday morning.

"We are hoping the election will continue proceeding without any obstacles until 4pm," said Rakib. "We want the Gazipur residents to have a free and fair election."

He added: "Based on the information we got from assistant returning officers, the election started on time. The environment is stable."

The returning officer further said: "After BNP complained during the last city polls, we took appropriate measures. But until now, nobody has sent any verbal or written complaints in the Gazipur city polls."

Meanwhile, during a visit to Salna Nasir Uddin Memorial High School and College centre, election observer from Election Commission (EC) Khandakar Shakhawat Ali said voting was continuing peacefully.

"The election is being scrutinized by observers and the media," he said. "Time will tell how this election has proceeded."

Voting in the Gazipur City Corporation election has begun amid heavy security. 

The casting of ballots started at 8am on Tuesday and will continue till 4pm. The major aspirants for the mayoral candidacy are Awami League’s Jahangir Alam and BNP’s Hasan Uddin Sarker.

There are 254 general councillor candidates competing for 57 posts, while 84 women are vying for the 19 seats reserved for women.

Returning Officer Rakib Uddin Mandol earlier said 15,000 members of police, RAB, and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will remain deployed throughout the day.

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