Voting in the Khulna City Corporation elections was held peacefully, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed claimed on Tuesday.
“We are happy with the polls,” he told journalists while talking with them at Agargaon in the capital this afternoon.
Pointing to the BNP’s allegation of unfair election, the EC secretary said: “Presiding officers from the Election Commission have investigated BNP’s allegations and found them as baseless.”
“The voting was held in a fair manner in the city corporation today,” he told the reporters.
Counting of votes in the election to Khulna City Corporation (KCC) is underway as balloting ended peacefully on Tuesday afternoon.
The voting was begun in the KCC polls from 8am and ended around 4pm today in all 41 wards of the corporation without any break amid tight security and festivity.
People in Khulna city were exercising their voting rights to elect competent leaders to steer the city for next five years.
Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) systems have been used in two polling stations--206 and 239-- in the KCC elections.
According to EC sources, a total of 191 candidates, including five for mayoral post, 148 for councilor posts, 38 for reserved posts for women, are vying in the polls while 4,93,093 voters have exercised their voting rights in 1,178 polling stations across the city corporation.
The mayoral contenders are Awami League’s Talukder Abdul Khalek, Nazrul Islam Manju of BNP, Jatiya Party’s Shafiqur Rahman Mushfiq, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Maulana Mozammil Haque and CPB’s Mizanur Rahman Babu.
To ensure security during the election, a total of 16 platoons of BGB have been deployed in the city since Sunday while 9,500 policemen and APBN, 4,000 Ansar and VDP members and 900 subsidiary Ansar-VDP members performed their duties during the elections.