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Update: 18 March, 2019 17:06 PM
Voting to 2nd phase of UZ polls ends peacefully

Voting to 2nd phase of UZ polls ends peacefully

Voting to 116 upazilas in 16 districts in 2nd phase of 5th upazila parishad elections ended amid peaceful atmosphere.

The polling began at 8 am and continued till 4pm without any break.

In the second phase, a total of 377 candidates for chairman post, 539 for vice vice-chairman and 394 for women vice-chairman contested the polls as some 1,79,09,006 voters will exercise their franchise in 7,039 polling stations.

The districts where polling was held are-- Thakurgaon, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Bogura, Naogaon, Pabna, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Gopalganj, Faridpur, Chattogram, Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar.

Meanwhile, 23 chairmen, 13 vice-chairmen and 12 women vice-chairmen have already been elected uncontested in the 2nd phase of upazila polls in absence of any valid candidates to fight against them.

“All kinds of preparations had been taken to hold the second phase of upazila polls in peaceful atmosphere,” said Helaluddin Ahmed, Secretary of the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat.

The government had declared public holiday for today in the respective upazilas on election, said the EC official while talking to BSS.

All kinds of polls campaign ended on Saturday midnight, they said.

A large number of security personnel, including police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Coast Guard, have been deployed in the election areas since Saturday as they will remain deployed till Wednesday.

Besides, a judicial magistrate was deployed in each upazila and an executive magistrate for every three union parishads for five days to punish polls code violators.

A security team comprising of 14-16 members drawn from police, Ansar and VDP is guarding each polling station today.

The first-phase of upazila polls was held on March 10 in 78 upazilas.

Earlier, the EC declared 2nd phase of upazila polls schedule on February 7.

The third phase of upazila polls is scheduled to be held on March 24 and the fourth phase on March 31.

The first upazila election was held in 1985, while the following three were held in 1990, 2009 and 2014.

The 4th upazila election was arranged in six phases after the 10th parliamentary elections in January 2014.

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