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Equal opportunities for candidates in RpCC elections: CEC

RANGPUR, Dec 7, 2017 (BSS) - Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said equal opportunities would be given to all contesting candidates for holding the Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) Elections-2017 in a free, fair and impartial manner.

"We have taken four-tier security measures along with special steps for important polling centres and 22 to 23 members of RAB, police, BGB and Ansar-VDP will be deployed at every polling centre for holding RpCC elections peacefully," he said.

The CEC said this while addressing a discussion held at the Divisional Commissioner's conference room and another views-sharing meeting with the contesting candidates in the RpCC elections-2017 at Zila School auditorium here today as the chief guest.

He also answered various questions asked by the local journalists related to the RpCC elections-2017.

With Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed in the chair, Secretary to the Election Commission Helal Uddin, DIG for Rangpur Range Khondker Golam Faruk, Returning Officer for RpCC Elections- 2017 Subhash Chandra Sarkar, Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Wahiduzzaman, Police Super Mizanur Rahman, among others, addressed the discussion.

On the other hand, all contesting candidates for the mayoral post and 33 posts for general councilors and 11 posts for the reserved women councilors took part in the views-sharing meeting on the code of conducts for the contesting candidates and elections rules.

Expressing his full hope for holding the RpCC elections-2017 in a free, fair and transparent manner, the CEC said that use of black money in the elections will be kept under stronger vigilance.

"Steps have been taken for setting up of closed circuit cameras at some polling centres in the RpCC elections-2017," the CEC said, adding that electronic voting machines (EVM) might be launched on experimental basis if the voters would accept those.

He said the mayor candidates can set up six election camps with one at each of the proposed Metropolitan Thana area in Rangpur city and mobile courts led by 33 executive magistrates will be conducted from tomorrow (Friday).

Officials said a total of 283 candidates, including seven for the mayoral post, 211 for 33 general councilor posts in all 33 wards and 65 for 11 reserved women councilor posts in 11 reserved wards are in the fray for RpCC elections-2017.

Returning Officer for RpCC Elections- 2017 Subhash Chandra Sarkar said 393,994 voters including 196,356 males and 197,638 females will apply voting rights at 1,122 polling booths of 193 polling centres on December 21 next.