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DT's coverage of Dhaka city polls 2020

  • Published at 12:44 pm February 1st, 2020
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Voters standing in queue with their smart identification card in their hands outside Shahid Shajahan Government Primary School Centre in Dhaka on February 1, 2020 Mehedi Hassan/Dhaka Tribune

This is a list of articles about Dhaka city polls published in Dhaka Tribune

🗳 Taposh wins DSCC mayoral race

As many as 3,010,273 people were expected to exercise their right of franchise at the DNCC, and 2,453,194 at the DSCC elections 

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🗳 Atiqul re-elected as DNCC mayor

Out of a total of 1,318 polling centres, Atiqul bagged 259,985 votes in 811 while his prime contender BNP candidate Tabith Awal got 159,361 votes 

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🗳 Reporters’ account of two polling centres in Takatuli

Both BNP and Awami League backed mayoral candidates’ polling agents along with the councillor candidates’ were waiting at the two polling stations

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🗳 Taposh, Atiqul meet PM

The duo went to meet the prime minister at her Ganabhaban residence on Saturday evening. 

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🗳 First EVM-only polls usher in ‘digital system’

A voter said EVMs were not suitable for the elderly or people who are not familiar with technology 

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🗳 Taposh gets 390 votes a centre, Ishraq 200

They’ve so far bagged 390 votes and 200 votes per centre, respectively. There are a total of 1,150 centres in DNCC 

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🗳 Atiqul bags 360 votes per centre, Tabith 210

If the two rival mayoral candidates keep securing votes in the current rate, the total vote cast in Atiq’s favour could be anything over 475,000 lakh while Tabith’s vote number can be over 275,000 

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🗳 Transport owners to bring out vehicles amid Sunday’s hartal

“This hartal has no justification whatsoever. We cannot let our citizens suffer. BNP will have to compensate us if one of our vehicles gets even scratched,” Ranga reiterated

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🗳 BNP rejects Dhaka city polls, calls dawn to dusk hartal Sunday

Earlier in the day,at a separate press briefing, Fakhrul termed the mayoral election “nothing but a farce.”  

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🗳  New polls, old troubles

After a while, the correspondent along with another journalist, again visited the same polling booth where the police official was seen continuing his efforts to persuade voters to vote for candidates of his liking

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🗳 AL, BNP trade blame over city polls

“After casting her vote, she [Hasina] urged people to vote for boat [Awami League's electoral symbol], which is tantamount to direct interference in the election. It's a gross violation of the code,” Fakhrul said 

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🗳 BNP men clash with AL activists at Nayapaltan

Witnesses said when some Awami League activists were crossing the BNP office around 5:30 pm chanting slogans, some BNP men from its office chanted counter-slogans, triggering a chase and counter-chase between them on Saturday 

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🗳 CEC: Voter turnout not over 30%

“The election has been fair, but voter turnover was not over 30%,” he said while talking to reporters at the EC Secretariat in Dhaka on Saturday 

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🗳 Hanif: BNP’s allegation over the election 'ridiculous'

"BNP has to seek apology before the nation for their shameless falsehood if they fail to provide any evidence of their allegation,”

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🗳 Fakhrul: The mayoral elections are nothing but a mockery

He said a number of voters could not cast their votes after they verified their information on electronic voting machines (EVM) 

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🗳 City polls primary count: Taposh, Atiqul lead mayoral race

The voting in the two city corporation elections ended at 4pm on Saturday.

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🗳 Amu: Rescheduling of polls' date, vehicle crisis are to blame for low voter turnout

Amu predicted that around 30% vote would be cast altogether.

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🗳 Ishraque: I have became the people's mayor

The BNP has sought to postpone the vote in 198 polling centers in the south where they claim votes have been manipulated.

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🗳 Councillor candidate Daisy attacked

Ahead of the elections, Daisy produced a hip-hop track that outlined her plans for the area, creating a storm on the social media.

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🗳 Dhaka City polls: Voting ends amid low turnout

'The presence of voters will increase after the youths wake up and come out.'

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🗳  AL polling agent ‘helps’ people to cast votes

'I am just helping the voters because they are facing problems.'

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🗳 Nanak blames Israque, diplomats for low voter turnout

Nanak said the diplomats' movement ahead of the election also contributed to the low turnout of voters on the polling day.

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🗳 City Election: 3 journalists injured in attacks

Bangladesh Pratidin Staff Reporter Mahabub Momtaji and The Business Standard Staff Reporter Nurul Amin were beaten allegedly by leaders and activists of the ruling party’s student wing.

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🗳  EVM fingerprint gaffe hits CEC, Dr Kamal

Kamal, also the Jatiya Oikya Front convener, expressed some frustration over the time it took him to complete his voting process.

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🗳  EVM unable to read fingerprints of some senior voters

The presiding officers said they endeavoured to exercise their franchise once more after washing their hands but the machines could not read their fingerprints even then.

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🗳 PM blasts foreign missions for making locals foreign election observers

"How they (Election Commission) have accepted it, I do not know how they accepted the country's nationals as foreign election observers. They did not do the right thing by accepting that," Hasina said.

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🗳 Dhaka city polls: PM casts vote at Dhaka City College

The prime minister told reporters that she exercised her franchise through the electronic voting machine (EVM) easily and quickly.

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🗳 ‘BNP making baseless allegation about polling agents

Talking about BNP, Taposh said: “BNP raised false and baseless allegations about their polling agents being driven away from centres.

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🗳 Tabith: Polling agents barred from entering centres

"The polls are not going to be fair. Nevertheless, I am urging the voters to turn up at the polling stations and exercise their franchise."

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🗳 Ishraque: Will stay in the race till the end

"I voted for the first time in my life today [Saturday], hence I decided to cast my first vote for BNP."

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🗳 Atiqul: I'm confident about becoming mayor again

“The absence of ink and confirmation after casting of vote properly seems very interesting to me.”

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🗳 Tabith's mother: The EVM was not functioning

"The EVM was not functioning," Nasrin Fatema, who came to the polling centre along with Tabith and other members of her family, said.

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🗳 All set for first ever EVM-only city polls

 What makes this election different from previous ones, held at the local government and national levels, is the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in all centres, the first of its kind in Bangladesh.

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🗳 Taposh unveils election manifesto

He pledged a well-governed and developed Dhaka within 30 years, with short term and long term plans to develop Dhaka south as a modern city, if elected.

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🗳 Atiqul promises modern, dynamic, healthy Dhaka

In his three dimensional plan, Atiqul has promised not only to build a city for better living but also to improve citizen life.

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🗳 Dhaka city polls: Tabith pledges to build smart, secure DNCC in manifesto

"I want to use modern technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), to make DNCC a smart city."

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🗳 Ishraque pledges to build liveable Dhaka

Ishraque's pledges comprise 13 main points, which include 144 "huge promises," that he vowed to implement if he gets elected.

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🗳 NID DG: Preparations completed for DNCC and DSCC polls

Saidul Islam said 35,000 Electric Voting Machines (EVM) were used in mock voting while 45,770 polling agents have been trained to conduct fair elections.

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🗳 Hasan: Diplomats violated norms by visiting candidates’ homes

Hasan, also the joint general secretary of the Awami League, said the diplomats were making frequent comments on the city elections, which is a violation of the diplomatic norms.

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🗳 'Appointing Bangladeshi observers by embassies violation of law'

"Foreign election observers must be non-Bangladeshis. But unfortunately some [diplomatic missions] have appointed their Bangladeshi employees as international observers."

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🗳 News analysis: Let democracy triumph

It is worth mentioning that after the declaration of the election schedule, the EC becomes the most powerful institution in the land, with authority over the administration and the law enforcing agencies.

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🗳 High-voltage campaigns end, all set for voting Saturday

With the mercury going up around the polls, the Awami League and the BNP engaged in a blame game accusing each other of conspiracy to seize the polling stations.

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🗳 The case for and against EVMs

The Election Commission maintains that casting fake vote is impossible on EVMs. But its assurances have failed to placate detractors.

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🗳 Rizvi comes under attack during electioneering at Tejgaon

Rizvi claimed that a group of Awami League activists swooped on their procession when he was seeking vote for the "Sheaf of Paddy" and demanding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's release.

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🗳 Dhaka city polls: Controversial, uncontroversial campaigns on digital platforms

It is found that two Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidates were much more active on social media compared to those of the Awami League.

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🗳 Dhaka city polls: Limiting use of illegal arms and outsider criminals a challenge

With only a day left for the Dhaka city polls to get under way, security officials remain highly concerned over the use of illegal arms and criminals from outside the city as clashes between rival groups continue in the capital.

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🗳 City polls: BGB starts patrolling Dhaka

The BGB personnel will continue to patrol the city till February 2, the BGB officer said, adding two platoons of BGB forces will remain on alert per ward and 10 platoons will remain ready as reserved forces.

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🗳 Campaign heats up as AL, BNP play blame game

Not only that, there were reported clashes between the followers of ruling party endorsed candidates and their rebel aspirants.

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🗳 EC secretary: Non-voters not allowed near polling centres on February 1

“After holding a separate meeting with the CEC, 14-party alliance and DMP expressed their satisfaction on the EC’s preparations for holding the polls in a peaceful environment,” said Md Alamgir.

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🗳 EC secy: What can be done if BNP skips examining EVMs

Alamgir said that the British High Commissioner and the US Ambassador in Bangladesh were present during the demonstration, and had expressed their satisfaction on the question of the EVM.

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🗳 City polls: DMP identifies 64% of polling centres as ‘important

DMP officials said 876 polling centres under DNCC and 721 centres under DSCC have been marked as important.

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🗳 EC: Voting centres to be under CCTV surveillance

According to circular, all polling centres will also remain under the CCTV surveillance on demo voting day on January 30 and 31.

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🗳 ‘Door-to-door campaign a must for AL’s city polls victory’

He simultaneously advocated the idea of getting voters informed of the proven track record of the ruling party candidates that set them apart from others.

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