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‘City polls rehearsal for national election’

  • Published at 10:25 pm July 29th, 2018
Syed Zakir Hossain
Photo of ballot boxes at the Election Commission office in Barisal on Sunday, July 29, 2018Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Md Mujibur Rahman, the returning officer, said a level playing field for all has been ensured, and if the existing rules and regulations set by the Election Commission are followed accordingly, the city polls will be fair and impartial

The Barisal City Corporation election returning officer said the three city polls will act as rehearsals for the upcoming 11th parliamentary election. All preparations have been taken so no questions are raised over the national election, he said.

Md Mujibur Rahman, the returning officer, said a level playing field for all has been ensured, and if the existing rules and regulations set by the Election Commission are followed accordingly, the city polls will be fair and impartial.

The returning officer briefed reporters about these matters at the regional Election Commission office in Barisal on Saturday.  

Control rooms have been installed, and law and order has been brought under control so people can vote without any fear, he said. 10 magistrates have also been employed to observe any violations of the electoral codes of conduct, Mujibur said. 

"We are considering the three city corporation elections as the rehearsal for the upcoming parliamentary election," the returning officer told reporters. "The instructions from the Election Commission are also the same.

"All preparations have been taken," he continued. "The election environment remains peaceful except one or two isolated incidents, and the situation will remain so come election day [Monday] as well."

When asked about allegations against the administration for interrupting BNP candidate Mujibur Rahman Sarwar's election campaign earlier, the returning officer said: "When a mayoral candidate gets out at night, normally, a lot of people accompany the candidate. It can be considered as a rally. Police just moved them away."

The returning officer said he did not know of Awami League candidate Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah's meeting held on Saturday, which witnessed a gathering of thousands of people.

"There have been many complaints from all parties," he said. "We have already issued a show cause letter to a candidate. We are taking steps to tackle the situation following allegations."