The voting in three city corporations – Rajshahi, Barishal and Sylhet - will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday (Jul 30) and continue till 4 p.m. without any break. Bangladesh Election Commission has taken all-out preparations to hold the polls in the three city corporations in a free, fair and transparent manner. The election commission has already sent the ballot papers, ballot boxes and other electoral equipments to every voting center, local media reports said.
The observers of EC will monitor all types of activities of election officials, candidates and their workers. One observer of EC will be deployed for every three wards. They (observers) would inform the returning officers or Election Commission if they find any type of irregularity.
The government has declared general holiday on Monday (Jul 30) in the three cities centering the polls. However, if any public examination is scheduled for the day, the examination centers and teachers and employees concerned will remain out of this holiday purview.
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has already been deployed at every ward in the three city corporations since Saturday. Besides, one platoon BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) has been deployed in every two wards in the polls areas and the BGB will discharge their duties one day more after election. Four platoons BGB will be kept in reserve for any type of unstable situation.
The sources said three-tier security measures have been taken in the three city corporations. Mobile and striking forces of police, RAB and BGB have already been deployed.
One mobile team comprising members of police, APBN and Ansar will be deployed at every general ward and one team of striking force will be deployed in every three wards. Besides, 24 law personnel will be deployed at every important voting center.
In Rajshahi City Corporation, four candidates are contesting for the mayoral post. They are Bangladesh Awami League-backed A H M Khairuzzaman Liton (Boat), Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-backed Md. Mosaddek Hossain (Sheaf of Paddy), Islami Andolan Bangladesh-backed Md Shafiqul Islam (Hand Fan) and independent candidate Md Murad Morshed (Elephant).
In Barishal City Corporation, six candidates are contesting for the mayoral post. They are Bangladesh Awami League-backed candidate Sernibat Sadek Abdullhah (Boat), BNP-backed Md Majibur Rahman Sarwar (Sheaf of Paddy), Islami Andolan Bangladesh-backed Obaidur Rahman Mahbub (Hand Fan), Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) candidate Abul Kalam Azad (Sickle), Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal candidate Manisha Chakrabarty (Ladder) and Jatiya Party candidate Md Iqbal Hossain (Plough).
In Sylhet City Corporation, seven candidates are contesting for the mayoral post. The candidates are - Bangladesh Awami League-backed Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran (Boat), BNP-backed Ariful Haque Chowdhury (Sheaf of Paddy), Islami Andolan Bangladesh-backed Dr Md Moazzem Hossain Khan (Hand Fan), Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal candidate Md Abu Jafar (Ladder) and independent candidates Ahasan Mahbub Jobayer (Table Watch), Md Ahasanul Haque Taher (Deer) and Md Badruzzaman Selim (Bus).
A total of 530 councilors are contesting in the three city polls.
The Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) will be used at 10 centers in Barishal while two enters each in Rajshahi and Sylhet city polls.