GCC polls campaign ends at midnight


24 June, 2018 20:29 PM

GCC polls campaign ends at midnight

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All types of electoral campaign of Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) polls will end from 12 midnight as the election is
scheduled to be held on Tuesday (June 26).

Gazipur Election Returning Officer Raqib Uddin Mandol told BSS that a total of 29-platoon of BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) have been deployed in Gazipur city ahead of the polls.

The BGBs were deployed at different parts of the city this morning to avert any untoward incident, he said.

He said, along with BGB, 600 members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), 6,000 members of police and 7,000 members of Ansar and APBN will remain deployed in the city.

Raqib said the Election Commission (EC) has asked the outsiders to leave the city area on Saturday midnight.

The returning officer said the main reason to deploy a huge number of law enforcers is to hold the polls in a free, fair and peaceful manner. The
voting will be held at 425 polling centers, he added.

A total of seven candidates are contesting for the post of mayor. Besides, a total of 254 candidates are contesting for councilor posts at 57 general
wards and 84 women candidates for 19 reserve seats.

A total of 11 lakh voters are expected to cast their votes in the upcoming polls.

The seven GCC mayoral candidates are – Jahangir Alam of Awami League, Hasan Uddin Sarker of BNP, Md Ruhul Amin of Communist Party of Bangladesh, Md Jalal Uddin of Bangladesh Islami Front, Fazlul Haque Minar of IslamiOikkyaJote, Md Nasir Uddin of IslamiAndolan Bangladesh and independent candidate Farid Ahmed.

Earlier, the GCC polls were scheduled to be held on May 15. However, the High Court stayed it.

Later, the Appellate Division reviewed the High Court order and asked the Election Commission to hold the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) Election within June 28.