Dhaka – As the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election is knocking at the door, candidates are busy engaged in last minute electioneering to win the race.Voting will be held on June 26, and the candidates can continue their campaigning till midnight on Sunday. Due to heavy rain fall, they had to start their activities on Saturday a bit late.
Awami League candidate Jahangir Alam started his election campaign at Khartail and Mudafa area of Tongi around 11am. He urged the locals to elect AL for the city’s development.
On the other hand, BNP mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarker took part in several street meetings at Hadrabad and Majhukhan bazar area of Tongi since the morning ignoring the rain.
“BNP candidates are being harassed,” he claimed on the stump during his campaign outings, urging the administration to remain neutral to ensure fair election. The public wouldn’t accept the election if it’s not fair, he claimed.
BNP leaders also claimed that AL has been violating election code of conduct from the beginning foiling the level playing field of the city corporation election.
According to them, police is regularly charging the houses of BNP leaders and activists and harassing them.
58 platoons with additional one platoon of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed in the city who will be in the election field from Sunday, said Returning Officer of GCC Rakib Uddin Ahmed.
All preparations have been done for the election, he added.
Besides the candidates from the large two parties, five other GCC mayoral candidates are – Md Ruhul Amin of Communist Party of Bangladesh, Md Jalal Uddin of Bangladesh Islami Front, Fazlul Haque Minar of Islami Oikkya Jote, Md Nasir Uddin of Islami Andolan Bangladesh and independent candidate Farid Ahmed.
A total of 11 lakh voters are expected to cast their votes in the upcoming polls of 57 general ward councillors and 19 reserve women seats.
Earlier, the GCC polls were scheduled to be held on May 15, but the High Court had 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.UNB