Voting has begun in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) from today morning in all 41 wards.
The voting started at 8:00am on Tuesday which will continue till 4:00pm without any break amid tight security and festivity.
People in Khulna are casting their voting rights to elect competent leaders to steer the city for next five years.
Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) are being used in two polling stations--206 and 239-- in the KCC elections, according to News24 TV, a sister concern of Kalerkantho.
According to RO office, 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 will exercise their voting rights in 1,178 polling stations across the city corporation area.
The mayor candidates are ruling Awami League nominated Talukder Abdul Khalek, BNP nominated Najrul Islam Manju, Jatiya Party nominated SM Shafiqur Rahman, Islami Andolan Bangladesh nominated Principal Maulana Mujammil Haque and Communist Party of Bangladesh nominated 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 ancillary Ansar-VDP members will perform their duties during the elections.
Besides, 32 patrol teams of RAB comprising eight members in each team and four striking force teams comprising 10 members in each team also will perform duties in the election field. Ten motorcycle teams and 11 picket teams will also perform duties during the election time.
A total of 31 executive magistrates will maintain law and order and monitor whether candidates electoral rules and regulations during the elections.