• Saturday, Sep 22, 2018
  • Last Update : 01:17 am

Parties scramble for last minute election campaigns

  • Published at 01:44 am July 29th, 2018
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Awami League's mayoral candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran, along with party leaders and activists, in Sylhet City Corporation election started his campaign after receiving the electoral symbol Dhaka Tribune file photo

Visiting the city’s Court Point, in the Zindabazar area, supporters of Kamran and Moazzem were seen distributing handouts to voters

With the Sylhet city polls a day away, last-minute campaigning by parties seeking votes for their respective mayoral aspirants were in full swing on Saturday.

Campaigns by the city’s six mayoral candidates began on Saturday morning and defying intermittent mild rainfall throughout in light of the looming electioneering deadline.

The candidates vying for Sylhet mayor’s office are Awami League’s Badar Uddin Ahmad Kamran, BNP’s Ariful Haque Chowdhury, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Dr Moazzem Hossain Khan, Bangladesh Somajtantrik Dal’s Md Abu Jafar, and independent candidates Ehsanul Mahbub Jubayer, Md Ehsanul Haq Taher, and Md Badruzzaman Selim.

From tea-stall to bus stops, homes to markets, campaign proceedings were underway – including leaflet distribution, loudspeakers on CNG auto-rickshaws, and motorbike rallies in the Zindabazar area.

Visiting the city’s Court Point, in the Zindabazar area, supporters of Kamran and Moazzem were seen distributing handouts to voters.

“We started campaigning around 9am, and will continue until the deadline,” said one Kamran supporter.

After offering prayers at the shrines of Shah Jalal and Shah Poran in the Dargah area, Kamran, the first ever mayor of the Sylhet after it was declared a city corporation back in 2001, said: “I hope the people of this city will vote me to power and give me another chance to serve them,”

Outgoing mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury, during his meeting in the city’s Jherjheripara area, said his supporters were facing obstructions while campaigning.

“They are being forced to stay out of home and my polling agents are being threatened,” he said.

Urging the administration to remain aware of troublemakers during the election, he said he is hopeful about being re-elected, but that this can only happen if the election is held freely and fairly.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has barred the entry of outsiders into the city from midnight on Saturday, and Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) will be imposing a ban on traffic from midnight tomorrow.

SMP previously declared 80 out of 134 polling centres risky in the polls, in which 127 candidates are contesting for 27 ward councillor posts; with nine reserved women seats have 67 candidates contesting them.