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DMP: 1,429 polling centres need more security

Update : 25 Apr 2015, 07:26 PM

A total of 1429 polling centres out of 1982 of the up coming Dhaka South and North City Corporation elections have been identified as important, Asaduzzaman Miah, commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said yesterday.

The DMP boss said they had planned the security measures based on the importance of the polling centres. At the important polling centres, there will be 24 police and Ansar officials, including 12 armed persons, on duty while at general polling centres there will be 22 police and Ansar officials, including 10 armed persons.

Besides, two teams in each ward of the capital will be patrolling to ensure security of voters, said Asaduzzaman.

He further added that 31 reserved striking forces will add to the patrolling teams. And four control rooms will monitor the total election situation.

Addressing a briefing about security steps ahead of the city polls, the DMP boss asked all people who had come to Dhaka for the purpose of the city polls but are not enlisted voters in the capital to leave the city by yesterday midnight.

“Directions have already been given to the Deputy Commissioners (DC) of eight crime divisions of the capital. One additional commissioner of DMP will coordinate the reports from the two DCs of two crime divisions,” he said.

Along with police, members of the Border Guard Bangladesh, Rapid Action Battalion and Ansar officials will also be on duty. Besides, nine mobile teams will be deployed in Dhaka North while 12 others will on duty in Dhaka South.

The DMP boss further said processions, rallies and outdoor public programmes would be banned from April 26 midnight till April 30 midnight in the city corporation areas.

The DMP has also put restrictions of motorbikes from yesterday midnight till 6am of April 29 while other vehicular movement would be barred from April 27 midnight to April 28 midnight.

Only journalists, policemen and polling officers can use motorcycles and others vehicles by taking permission from the returning officers of the two city corporations.

Ballots and necessary instruments will be distributed from 16 points in the city. Ballots of Dhaka North City Corporation will be counted at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre while the ballots of Dhaka South City Corporation will be counted at Mohanogor Natyamancha.

Asaduzzaman also said no candidates would be allowed to set up election camps within 400 yards of polling centres.

With permission from the Election Commission, journalists and election observers would be allowed to oversee the voting process in polling centres but they would not be allowed to stay in a centre for too long.

‘Accredited journalists and observers cannot stay at any centres for long. They will observe, move around and leave the centres,’ said Asaduzzaman.

However, a group of journalists and observers cannot consist of more than five members in a single visit.

Talking about the security measures, DMP said action would be taken against those found spreading money to buy votes. “Our officials are already deployed at various crowded places to check the issue,” he added.

An official of police, preferring not to be named, said though most of the polling centres in the capital were risky, centres in Dhaka South City Corporation was riskier.

Since Dhaka South has many public universities and colleges, which are a den for ruling party’s associate organisation Chhatra League, there could be possibilities of untoward incidents there.

The official further said polling centres in Mirpur of Dhaka North were also deemed to be risky. 

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