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Postponed upazila polls underway in southern districts

  • Polling to continue till 4pm
  • Voting was postponed due to Cyclone Remal 
Update : 09 Jun 2024, 01:33 PM

The postponed Upazila Parishad election in 18 upazilas across Bangladesh’s southern districts commenced peacefully on Sunday morning.

Voting began at 8am and will continue until 4pm without interruption. 

No untoward incidents have been reported up to the filing of this report at 12:30pm.

Originally scheduled for May 27, the elections were postponed by the Election Commission due to Cyclone Remal. The third phase of the sixth Upazila Parishad polls took place on May 29.

Voting in Dumuria, Phultala, and Koyra upazilas in Khulna is proceeding smoothly under tight security measures. 

For the first time, members of the Highway and River police have been deployed to maintain law and order during the election.

Khulna’s Returning Officer and Additional Deputy Commissioner (General), Md Nazmul Hussain Khan, said that police, Border Guard Bangladesh, and Coast Guard members are on duty, supported by a total of 37 executive and judicial magistrates.

Meanwhile, voter turnout was initially thin at polling stations in Bagerhat’s Sarankhola, Morrelganj, and Mongla upazilas but increased as the day progressed.

The upazilas where voting is underway include Sarankhola, Morrelganj, and Mongla in Bagerhat; Koyra, Paikgasa, and Dumuria in Khulna; Gournadi and Agailjhara in Barishal; Patuakhali Sadar, Mirzaganj, and Dumki in Patuakhali; Mothbaria in Pirojpur; Tazmuddin and Lalmohon in Bhola; Rajapur and Kathalia in Jhalakathi; and Bamna and Patharghata in Barguna.

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