467 executive, 33 judicial magistrates being deployed for polls

467 executive, 33 judicial magistrates being deployed for polls

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Some 500 magistrates along with the army and the regular law enforcement agencies will be kept deployed for four days from April 26 to 29 in the three cities in Dhaka and Chittagong to punish violation of election code of conduct, as the Election Commission fears violence.
The Election Commission (EC) has decided to deploy the 500 magistrates, including 33 judicial ones, in the three city corporations –Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Chittagong City Corporation (CCC)– for four days from April 26, two days before the balloting, slated for April 28, EC officials said.As there are 134 wards in three cities –-57 wards in DSCC, 36 in DNCC and 41 in CCC, some four magistrates will be in each ward on average in Dhaka and Chittagong to conduct the mobile courts for the four days.
The EC has decided to engage the huge number of magistrates fearing election violence.
The magistrates with three battalions (2553 personnel) of the army and some 65,000 regular law enforcers, including member of police, Rab, BGB, Coast Guard and Ansar, will punish incidents of election violence through summary trials.
Now 18 executive magistrates are engaged in election duty in three cities.
The Commission on Tuesday sent a letter seeking more 441 executive magistrates to be deployed in election duty. The EC earlier also sent a letter to the Law Ministry seeking 33 judicial magistrates for election duty.
Of the 492 magistrates, 181 will remain deployed on election duty in DSCC, while 160 in DNCC and 151 in CCC areas till a day after the balloting.
On March 18, the Election Commission announced election schedules for the three city corporations in the capital and the port city. – UNB

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