Voting in fourth phase of upazila polls is underway
The presiding officer of a polling centre in the upazila election in Dhamrai upazila of Savar has been detained.
Abul Bashar, the presiding officer, has been accused of casting fake votes in the Kandapatal Govt Primary School - during the fourth phase of the upazila polls Sunday afternoon.
Bashar is the headmaster of Amsimur Sesdp Model High School in Dhamrai, and the newly-elected chairman of Saturia upazila.
According to sources, voting in the upazila election in Dhamrai started Sunday morning. When Executive Magistrate Pranab Kumar Saha visited the polling centre, he found that despite a low voter presence, 600 votes among the total 1,891 registered voters had been cast by 11am.
The magistrate also found that the polling officer assigned to that centre was absent. Consequently, Bashar was detained on accusations of casting fake votes and failing to notify authorities of the polling officer.
Legal action will be taken against the presiding officer, Pranab said.
Voters are exercising their franchise to elect their representatives in 107 upazilas across Bangladesh.
Balloting started at 8am on Sunday in the 4th phase of the local body elections. It will continue until 4pm without any break.