Three municipalities ready for polls in Gaibandha

Three municipalities ready for polls in Gaibandha

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Election Commission has completed all preparations to hold three municipality polls of the district on December 30 in a free, fair and peaceful manner.District election officer M. Shahinur Islam Pramanik said election campaign ended in Gaibandha, Gobindaganj and Sundarganj Municipality areas from Monday midnight, 32 hours before balloting on Wednesday.Besides, plying of vehicles including motorcycles, private cars, CNG-run auto-rickshaws and buses have banned from Monday midnight till Thursday midnight in the polling areas.However, the restriction will not be applicable to the officials engaged in polling, members of law enforcement agencies, journalists, observers and other people involved in emergency services.The polling will start at 8 am and will continue till 4 pm without any break.A public holiday has been announced in the municipality areas on Wednesday to enable the voters to exercise their rights to franchise. All concerned including the members of the law enforcement agencies and the officials have been asked to discharge their duties neutrally.Officials engaged in the polling have been imparted training for holding the elections smoothly.  Mobile and striking teams drawn from Border Guard Bangladesh and Rapid Action Battalion will patrol the polling areas and will also be placed at important places, said police super M. Ashraful Islam. Mobile and summery courts in the polling centers will instantly try the violators of law during the polling.A magistrate will accompany each team, he also said. A total of 19 candidates for 3 mayoral posts, 138 candidates for 27 councilor posts and 49 candidates for 9 councilor posts (female reserved) are contesting in the municipality elections, office sources said.As many as 46,381 voters including 23,720 female ones will cast their votes in Gaibandha Municipality, 27,644 voters including 14,026 female ones in Gobindaganj Municipality and 12,504 voters including 6,309 female ones in Sundarganj Municipality, sources said.Talking to the BSS deputy commissioner M. Abdus Samad said all the officials and the employees concerned at all the levels have been working relentlessly for holding the polls in a free, fair, transparent, impartial and credible manner. (BSS)

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