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City polls: DMP identifies 64% of polling centres as ‘important’

  • Published at 11:06 pm January 28th, 2020
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Four parliamentary constituencies marked as risky due to fears of factional clash

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has identified 1,588 polling centres as “important” out of a total of 2,468 in the upcoming Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) elections.

According to DMP, the identified polling centres, which make around 64.35% of all polling centres in the election, would require special arrangements and elaborate security plans.

On February 1, some 5.8 million citizens will cast their votes to elect the new mayors and councillors for the two city corporations.  

“We have identified some important centres. These have been identified considering several factors, such as the number of voters in the same area, structural problems, street mobility around the centre, among others,” DMP Additional Commissioner Krishna Pada Roy told Dhaka Tribune.

DMP officials said 876 polling centres under DNCC and 721 centres under DSCC have been marked as important.

'We are very alert to prevent any kind of disorder during the election period,” he added.  

Apart from this, police have also identified four parliamentary constituencies as risky due to fears of factional clash between party-backed candidates and rebel or independent candidates contesting in the elections.

These constituencies are Kamrangirchar, Mohammadpur’s Rayerbazar, Chawk Bazar, Pallabi and Badda.

There have already been factional clashes in these constituencies in the last two weeks.