Voting is underway in the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls. The polling has started at 8:00 am and will continue till 4:00 pm without any break.
The polls are being held through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). Earlier, 2,912 EVM machines had been sent to Narayanganj, on the outskirts of the capital. Each center has one and a half times more EVM than required.
Around 5 lakh 17 thousand 362 voters will exercise their voting rights at 1333 polling booths in 192 centers of 26 wards.
The Election Commission (EC) has taken all preparations to hold the elections in a free, fair and peaceful manner.
The electioneering ended at 12 midnight on Friday. The election commission instructed outsiders to leave the city areas. Motorcycle plying has been banned in the area since Friday night.
Fourteen judicial magistrates have been appointed to conduct election peacefully. Under the Penal Code, they will be able to carry out brief trials with filing case.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has allowed 42 observers from 9 organizations to monitor the election.
The organizations are: National Election Observation Council (JANIPP), SAARC Human Rights Foundation, Legal Aid Center, Foundation, Social Development Efforts, Trinamool Development Organization, Taltala Youth Development Organization, Rehaf Foundation, BB Asia Foundation and Human Rights and Social Development Organization-MOSUS.
Adequate security measures have also been taken on the election. More than 5,000 members of the law enforcement agencies have been deployed to ensure security while each center have 28 security personnel.
Returning Officer Mahfuza Akter said no centre was identified as risky as all the centers are being taken into special consideration.
One sub-inspector (SI) lead the five policemen’s team in each centre. In addition, eight male and four female Ansar members have also been deployed to ensure security.
A total of 26 police units are on duty as striking forces during the elections.
Apart from this, there are 64 mobile teams of the police as each team have five members. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) deployed its 24 platoon troops.