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Ballot papers to be sent to centres in the morning on voting day to prevent any stuffing of ballots

3rd phase of UZ polls today

Elections to be held in 117 upazilas of 25 districts
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
3rd phase of UZ polls today
Presiding officers collect EVMs and other polling materials from Election Commission officials at Gopalganj district gymnasium yesterday. Elections to 117 upazila parishads under 25 districts will be held in the third phase of the local body polls today. Independent Photo

The third phase of the fifth Upazila Parishad (UZ) elections in 117 upazilas of 25 districts are going to be held today (Sunday). The Election Commission (EC) has completed all reparations to hold the polls in a free, fair and credible manner. This time the commission would allow no irregularities during voting. It will send ballot papers and other election materials to polling centres in the morning of the voting day, so that no stuffing of ballot boxes can take place before voting begins. Besides, the EC has decided to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the third phase to minimise irregularities. EVMs will be used at all centres of four upazilas.  

A total of 358 candidates are contesting for the chairman’s post, 604 for the vice-chairman’s post and 416 for the female vice-chairperson’s post (reserved). In all, 2.48 crore voters are expected to cast their ballots at around 10,018 polling stations in the third phase.

The main battle of ballots will be between Awami League-nominated candidates and party rebels, as the major political parties, including the BNP, are boycotting the polls. The fifth Upazila Parishad elections are being held under the party banner for the first time.

Some 58 candidates have already been elected uncontested — 33 for posts of chairman, nine for posts of vice-chairman and 16 for posts of woman vice-chairperson.  

The EC has appointed 119 judicial magistrates to prosecute any illegal activities and irregularities during the third phase of the fifth upazila parishad elections to 119 upazilas of 25 districts.

On Thursday, the EC imposed a ban on movement of Rohingyas from March 23-25, to maintain law and order during the elections.

Additional personnel of the police, RAB, BGB, Ansar-VDP, Coast Guard and the APBN have been deployed for five days to maintain law and order.

sThe EC has also imposed a ban on the plying of motorcycles and motorised vehicles during polling.

 Restrictions on motorbikes came into effect two days ahead of the day of polling. The EC also banned display and carrying of licensed arms seven days before the elections.

 The restriction will be applicable to motorised three-wheelers, auto-rickshaws, motor-bikes, cabs, microbuses, jeeps, pickup

vans, private cars, buses, trucks, tempos, easy bikes and locally manufactured vehicles.

 The ban on the movement of motorcycles will be relaxed on inter-district roads, highways and connecting roads.  Besides, vehicles of all officials performing election duty and law enforcement agencies, ambulances, fire service and civil defence, electricity, gas and telecom will be kept out of the purview of the restriction.

Earlier, the commission announced the election schedule for 127 upazila parishads in 25 districts of Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, Barishal, Mymensingh, Dhaka and Chattrogram divisions. But polls in 10 upazials have been postponed due to legal obligations.

The fourth phase of Upazila Parishad polls will be held on March 31 and the last phase is likely to be held on June 18. This is the fifth UZ elections being held. The first upazila elections were held in 1985, followed by 1990, 2009 and 2014. The last polls were held in six phases.

Voter turnout in the first and second phases was very low, which irked the EC. In the first two phases, AL men bagged majority of chairman posts, as expected.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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