The Election Commission has instructed the regional and district election officials not to pick any polling official, including a presiding officer, based on political considerations
Preparations are underway at the Chittagong district election office for the upcoming 11th general election slated to be held across Bangladesh on December 23.
The election office is now busy selecting polling centres and preparing electoral rolls in ballot boxes. The recruitment of polling officials has also been almost finalized. Meantime, the election materials reached Chittagong on Friday.
The Election Commission has instructed the regional and district election officials not to pick any polling official, including a presiding officer, based on political considerations.
According to the election schedule, candidates must file their nomination papers, either online or in person, within November 19.
The returning officers will then scrutinize the nomination papers on November 22, with November 29 set as the final date for withdrawal.
According to Chittagong district election office, a total of 33,948 polling officials are required to conduct the parliamentary election for the 16 constituencies in Chittagong.
However, an additional 10% of polling officials are being recruited to deal with any emergency. The district election office has sought 37,531 field-level polling officials (2,278 presiding officers, 11,751 assistant presiding officers and 23,502 polling officials).
The district election office has written to different educational institutions, banks, government, semi-government and autonomous bodies seeking polling officials. The district election office has already received a nearly completed list of polling officials. The recruitment of polling officials will be finalized after scrutiny.
District Election Officer Munir Hussain Khan said: "We have already received the list of polling officials and finalized the recruitment of more than 70% polling officials. The rest will be finalized shortly. The selected polling officials will be given a training 10-15 days before the polls."
There were 1,840 polling centres in the 10th parliamentary election. This time, the number has risen to 1,899. There are 10,683 polling booths under 16 constituencies of Chittagong.
Assistant professors and lecturers of colleges, head teachers of high schools, general managers of banks and equivalent officials are being recruited as presiding officers. And head teachers of government primary schools, assistant teachers and junior officials of banks are being recruited as assistant presiding officials.
According to the updated voter roll, there are now 5,641,219 voters in the 16 constituencies of Chittagong (2,914,054 male and 2,727,165 female voters).
On Friday, a total of 68 aspirants of Awami League collected their nomination papers for the 16 constituencies of Chittagong.