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Gazipur city polls: Voting suspended at 9 centres

  • Published at 01:26 pm June 26th, 2018
  • Last updated at 08:09 pm June 26th, 2018
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Police officials have bolstered security at polling centres in Gazipur Mahmud Hossain Opu

The voters have exercised their franchise to elect a mayor and 76 councillors for a five-year term

The Election Commission suspended balloting at nine centres during the Gazipur City Corporation election on charges of irregularities, Returning Officer Rakib Uddin Mondal said on Tuesday.

“Voting was suspended at these centres over allegations of ballot stuffing, attempts to occupy the centres and clash between supporters of rival candidates,” the district’s Deputy Commissioner Humayun Kabir had told reporters in the afternoon.

Voting in the second election to the Gazipur City Corporation took place from 8am to 4pm.

The voters have exercised their franchise to elect a mayor and 76 councillors – 57 for general wards and 19 for reserve seats – for a five-year term.

Balloting had been briefly suspended at three polling centres – Greatmat Primary School, Ideal School in Konabari area and Bagbari Hakkania Salehia Alim Madrasa in Kashimpur – over various reasons.

The presiding officer at Greatmat Primary School, on condition of anonymity, said: “Voting was halted after we ran out of ballot papers.”

Voting in two booths at Idea School was suspended due to some complications, the centre’s Presiding Officer Mahmudul Amin had said without explaining the nature of the problem.

At Bagbari Hakkania Salehia Alim Madrasa voting was suspended after two councillor candidates engaged in a scuffle.

The centre’s Presiding Officer Salehuddin told the Dhaka Tribune that five people were injured in the incident.

Additional policemen were later deployed there to avert further untoward incident.