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Upazila polls: Candidates with posters in indigenous languages

  • Published at 08:12 pm March 15th, 2019
Candidates print election campaign posters in Marma language for the upcoming 2nd phase of the upazila parishad polls in Bandarban Dhaka Tribune

The Election Commission will hold the second phase of the upazila parishad election on Monday

Indigenous candidates contesting in the 2nd phase of the upcoming upazila polls are printing their election posters in both Bangla and their native languages in Bandarban upazilas.

In Bandarban hill district, a total of 11 indigenous communities speaking 11 different languages are living alongside Bangalis. 

In order to woo their local supporters in their local tongues, so it may be legible and more effective, the candidates took this initiative to print posters in Marma, Ulaching, Bom, and more.

Jana Samhati Samity (JSS) nominated chairman candidate from Ruma upazila, Ongthoaiching, said: "Posters have been created in different languages so that they can be easily understood by voters."

According to the electoral code, a candidate may display up to 10,000 posters for their campaign, so they are publishing 5,000 posters in Bangla and the other 5,000 in their native languages.

In Rowangchhari upazila, JSS candidate Kebamong Marma was elected chairman uncontested, while Awami League candidate Chohaimong Marma was elected for the male vice chairman post. 

In Bandarban Sadar upazila, independent candidate Abdul Kuddus, and Awami League candidate AKM Jahangir, are vying for the chairman post. For the male VC post, Bidhan Lal and Raju Mong Marma, and for the female VC post, Sanjida Akter, will contest in the polls.

The Election Commission will hold the second phase of the upazila parishad election on Monday.

Previously, in the 11th parliamentary elections, Awami League and BNP candidates similarly used language interpreters to campaign in Bandarban.