Candidates in the Barisal City Corporation elections are prioritizing young voters, ahead of the July 30 vote.
The candidates are using online social media platforms such as Facebook, to attract young voters. They are posting documentary videos as well, to draw their attention.
In 2013, the numbers of voters was 211,257, now adding 30,909 voters of ages 18 and above, the numbers has risen to 242,166.
Enayet Hossain Chowdhury, former district organizer of Fair Election Monitoring Alliance (FEMA) said: “Voters with age limits between 18 and 30, consists of the majority of voters, and can play a vital role in making the next mayor of Barisal City Corporation.
The Awami League mayoral candidate Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, apart from boosting documentary videos on Facebook, is also sending SMS, promising the young voters to execute their dreams and fulfill their aspirations for making the city youth friendly and construct international standard stadium, and develop facilities for their cultural potentials.
On the other hand, the only female and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) nominated young mayoral candidate Dr Manisha Chakraborty promised to extend employment opportunity, create library and sports facilities for socio cultural and mental physical development of the youths.
BNP nominated candidate Mojibor Rahman Sarwar has promised young voters to develop sports related institutions and healthy body building facilities in the city.
Hasina, a first time voter said: “It is generally expected that young voters would support the younger candidates over the seniors, as the juniors have a cleaner image than the seniors.”
“Those who understands the thoughts and desires of the youths, and expand employment facilities, make the city environment friendly, free from drug addiction and terrorism, will able to attract the young voters,” said Hussain, another young voters of the city.
a college girl Taslima said: ‘A candidate promising to make the city safe from eve teasers, drug addicts, dowry, early marriage, torture against women and child, could attract young female voters.”
Asifur Rahman, a young professional of the city said: “The would-be mayor should understand and follow the new digital trends, to attract young voters.”