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General election: 40,199 polling centres finalized

  • Published at 07:35 pm December 4th, 2018
File photo of a voter casting ballot during an election in Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Some 104.2 million voters will exercise their rights to vote across the country during the December 30 polls

The Election Commission has finalized total 40,199 polling centres across the country for the 11th national election.

Confirming the number, the commission’s Deputy Secretary Md Abdul Halim Khan told reporters on Tuesday that the commission has already started publishing gazettes in this regard.

According to Representation of the People Order (RPO), the Bangladesh election authority has a legal obligation to publish gazettes on the voting centres list at least 25 days before the election.

Risky polling centres

Meanwhile, multiple news outlets, quoting intelligence agencies, reported that 64% of the polling centres across the country are vulnerable to violence, with the highest number of such centres in Dhaka division.

Police have classified 25,827 as “important,” which, according to police sources, is way of avoiding the term “vulnerable,” since it has a negative connotation.

Usually during polls, 20 members of the law enforcement agencies and Ansar are deployed in each vulnerable centre and 15 in each normal centre.

The Election Commission estimated that around 600,000 law enforcers would be deployed on election duties.

Some 104.2 million voters will exercise their rights to vote across the country in the 11th national election to be held on December 30.

In the last general election, there were 37,707 polling stations against some 91.9 million voters across the country.