Voting for the Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) election will be held on Tuesday. The casting of votes will begin at 8am and will continue till 4:30pm, said Returning Officer Abdul Baten.
Nine candidates are vying for the mayoral post while 183 people are contesting for councillor posts under 33 wards.
The mayoral candidates are – Amiruzzaman from Islami Andolon Bangladesh, Abu Raihan from Bangladesh Congress, Touhidur Rahman Mandal from Khelafat Majlish, Mostafizur Rahman from Jatiya Party, Shafier Rahman from National Samajtantrik Dal Jasad, Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia from Awami League, Khorshed Alam from Zaker Party, Mehedi Hasan and Latifur Rahman as independent candidates.
This year, a total of 4,26,470 people are expected to vote in the city corporation election.
“All preparations have been taken to hold a free and fair election and voting will be held at 229 centres through electronic voting machines,” Baten said.
Mobile court drives will be conducted to ensure that the election code is being followed, he added.
Campaigning in the Rangpur City Corporation election ended on Sunday at midnight amid much enthusiasm.
A total of 229 presiding officers, 1,349 assistant presiding officers and 2,698 polling officers will perform their duties on election day.
The first Rangpur City Corporation election was held on December 21, 2017. The tenure of the current mayor will end on February 18, 2023.
As per the election act, voting for any city corporation must be held within 180 days of the expiration of current posts of mayors and councillors.
Law enforcement agencies are geared towards ensuring security ahead of the polls while a three-tier security approach will be taken at each polling booth. Eleven platoons of BGB will be deployed in each reserved ward while Rab and other force personnel will remain there to ensure security.
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