BSS-26 2nd phase of Upazila Parishad polls begin tomorrow

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2nd phase of Upazila Parishad polls begin tomorrow

DHAKA, Mar 17, 2019 (BSS) – The 2nd phase of the 5th Upazila Parishad
elections will begin in the country tomorrow with balloting in 116 upazilas
in 16 districts.

The polling will take place tomorrow from 8 am to 4 pm without any break.

“All preparations have been completed for holding the elections in a
peaceful manner. All kinds of directives have been given to the officials
concerned for holding the elections in a free, fair and peaceful manner. No
irregularities will be tolerated during this election,” Election Commission
(EC) Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told BSS today.

Besides, general holiday has been announced for Monday (tomorrow) in the
respective upazilas on the occasion of the election.

Electioneering ended on Saturday midnight while huge enthusiasm was noticed
among the voters centering this poll as the election is being held with party
symbols.

Restrictions on vehicular movements have been imposed in the electoral
areas while additional law enforcement agencies have been deployed for five
days, including two days before and two days after the election along with
the voting day.

On the polling day, 14 members of law enforcement agency will be deployed
in every general polling centre while 16 will be deployed in the risky
polling centers.

Although the EC declared election schedule for 87 upazilas in the first
phase, polls were held in 80 upazilas.

About 1,310 aspirants, including 377 for chairman, 539 for vice-chairman
and 394 for women vice-chairman posts, are contesting in the second phase
polls. About 1.79 crore voters will exercise their franchise tomorrow in
7,039 polling centres in 116 upazilas.

As per the election schedule, elections will be held in 127 upazilas on
March 24 in the third phase.

Besides, the fourth and fifth phases of the Upazila Parishad elections
will be held on March 31 and July 18 respectively.

BSS/SAS/RY/1901 hrs