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Voters to examine candidates’ past success records

Update : 13 Dec 2015, 08:03 PM

Voters in Gazipur’s Sreepur municipality area say they will choose who to vote for in the upcoming elections by evaluating whether candidates delivered on their past promises.   

They say they want to elect contestants who have worked for the betterment of the residents in the past.

Md Shafiqul Islam, a betel vendor in Mawna, said he is interested in predicting what a contestant can do after the elections by evaluating what that person did in the past.

“To me, this is a requirement to choose the best candidate,” he told the Dhaka


Residents of the municipality said it is important to consider whether a candidate would, after winning, initiate development projects before voting for him. 

This is because we are riddled with lack of amenities and we now want development, they said.

Md Taijuddin, who pulls a rickshaw to make a living, said the condition of many roads is very poor and the problem has not been addressed for long.

“There are roads where it is a tough job to pull rickshaws. I do not want to know whether a candidate is a good or bad person. I just want to vote for the one who will concentrate on development after winning the elections,” he said.

Van driver Abdul Karim said he voted for the party-backed candidate in the last polls but was left with frustrations as the candidate did not work for development. “This time, I will be very cautious when I vote.”

Ali Hossain, who drives a human haulier, said people have become more conscious when it come to choosing a good candidate in the elections.  

“We are aware of candidates who sweet-talk during electioneering but forget everything after the vote is over. We will not choose such candidates this time.” 

Garment worker Nazrul Islam, who lives in Ward 7, said he had voted both for the Awami League and the BNP candidates in several previous elections but none worked for development.

“This time, I will not think much. I may even refrain from voting if I think there is no suitable candidate,” he said.    

Ariful Islam Arif, a schoolteacher in Ward 2, said he was not very interested in the upcoming elections as the municipality residents are still deprived of many basic services and facilities.

Dulal Miah, a trader, said there are many problems that people living in the municipality area have been facing for years. 

“The roads lie in a bad condition and there is no sewage disposal system. I will vote for the candidate who will be addressing these problems,” he added.

Four candidates – Md Anisur Rahman Anis of Awami League, Md Shahidullah Shahid of BNP, Abul Kashem of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and independent candidate Md Ahsan Ullah – will be contesting for the post of mayor in the December 30 elections. 

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