City polls Tuesday: Army if Police, Rab, BGB fail: CEC

City polls Tuesday: Army if Police, Rab, BGB fail: CEC

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Asking the polling officials to work sincerely and neutrally, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Monday said no one will be spared if found guilty of playing a biased role and being callous in performing his or her duty.
“You’ll have to work with neutrality…the Election Commission won’t tolerate any sort of callousness and partiality…stern actions will be taken for the breach of neutrality,” he said on the eve of elections to three city corporations in Dhaka and Chittagong.The three city corporations — Dhaka South City Corporation (DSC), Dhaka North City Corporation (DSC) and Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) – go to polls on Tuesday.
The voting will be held from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm without any break. It is public holiday in the three cities — Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Chittagong City Corporation (CCC).
A total of 1188 mayoral and councillor candidates are running for 182 posts in the elections to the three city corporations, where some 60 lakh people are expected to exercise the franchise in 2,701 polling stations.
Of them, 48 candidates are running for three mayoral posts, while 249 for 45 reserved seats and 891 for 134 general councillor posts in the cities.
The ruling Awami League picked Annisul Huq as mayoral contender for DNCC, Sayeed Khokon for DSCC and AJM Nasiruddin for CCC, while BNP gave support to Tabith Awal for DNCC, Mirza Abbas for DSCC and Manjur Alam for CCC.
The Election Commission, meanwhile, has completed all the necessary preparations for holding the elections.
More than 100 observers from diplomatic missions stationed in Dhakaare expected to observe the crucial elections alongside adequate number of local observers.
The CEC was addressing a press conference at the media centre of the Election Commission Secretariat in the evening.
He also claimed that the election campaign in the three city corporations completed almost smoothly barring some stray incidents.
Responding to a query about BNP’s claim that a level-playing field was missing, Rakibuddin Ahmad said everybody carried out his or her election campaign in a congenial and friendly atmosphere except one or two separate incidents. “This proves that the level-playing field was there,” he added.
Assuring all the voters of a festive and safe atmosphere for balloting, the CEC urged all to come to the polling stations and cast their votes without any fear.
About army deployment on the election day, he said the army will be called out, if necessary, in aid of the civil administration.
“If the police, Rab and BGB fail to tackle the situation then the returning officer will call for army deployment after considering the situation,” he said.
He also mentioned that 80,000 law enforcers will be deployed in the polling centers to maintain the peaceful situation. –

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