The election campaign in 23 union parishads in now-defunct 111 exclaves in the country’s three northern districts is set to end on Saturday midnight, 32 hours before the voting opens at 8am on Monday.
“All types of rallies, processions and showdowns will remain banned in the election areas from Saturday midnight,” UNB quoted Rangpur Regional Election Officer Monirul Islam as saying.
He also said the Election Commission has taken all necessary preparations to arrange the polls in a fair manner.
With the UP elections to be held from 8am to 4pm on October 31, some 20,000 voters of the exclaves in Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, and Panchagarh are set to exercise their franchise for the first time in the last 69 years.
Eight of the 23 UPs are in Panchagarh, nine in Lalmonirhat, and six in Kurigram.
The 111 ex-Indian enclaves inside Bangladesh, which were merged with the mainland of Bangladesh in July 31, 2015 following the ratification of land boundary agreement (LBA) by Indian Loka Sabha and Rajya Sabha unanimously, include 12 in Kurigram, 59 in Lalmonirhat, four in Nilphamari and 36 in Panchagarh.
Under the agreement, India exchanged 111 enclaves measuring 6944 hectares to Bangladesh and received 51 enclaves covering 2, 877 hectares, which all were located inside Cooch Behar state of India, ending the decade-old sufferings of the people living in enclaves on both sides of Bangladesh and India.
The election schedules were announced on September 26 for the UPs after making the eligible inhabitants of ex-enclaves voters this year.
Pre-poll violence in Madaripur
At least 20 people were injured when men loyal to two chairman aspirants in Ghatmajhi union under Madaripur sadar upazila locked in clash on Saturday, reports our Madaripur correspondent.
Around 30 houses and business establishments were vandalised and set on fire during the melee, which began at around 2:30pm.
Police had to fire 20 round of blank shells in order to calm the agitated supporters, confirms Ziaul Morshed, officer-in-charge of Madaripur sadar police.
Eighteen of injured received treatment at Madaripur General Hospital while the rest two with serious injuries, were sent to Faridpur Medical College Hospital for better treatment.