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Chittagong printing presses have hands full ahead of elections

  • Published at 12:27 am December 7th, 2018
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This time around, the scenario has changed and the printing presses of the port city are hopeful of having a significant amount of work orders as all major political parties have entered the electoral fray.

Printing presses in Chittagong witnessed a slump during the last parliamentary elections as BNP and most other political parties boycotted the polls. 

This time around, the scenario has changed and the printing presses of the port city are hopeful of having a significant amount of work orders as all major political parties have entered the electoral fray. 

There are more than 300 printing presses in the premier port city, mostly located in Anderkillah, Momin road, and Sirajuddaula road.

During a visit to Anderkillah, workers were seen putting in extra hours to cope with the huge workload of printing campaign materials.

In a bid to get work, the printing houses are displaying various posters that they printed earlier, on the shop premises. Many printing presses have already recruited additional workforce to cope with the increased workload. 

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, M Ayyub, acting general secretary of Chittagong Press Owners’ Association said: “Usually, during this time of the year, printing presses are busy printing calendars, diaries, and textbooks.

“However, the upcoming national election has now appeared as new business opportunity for us. This time we are expecting a higher demand for campaign materials,” Ayyub explained, adding thattheywere optimistic earning up to Tk15 crore this time.

Moshiur Rahman, proprietor of Paramount Printing Press said that they were passing a hectic time ahead of the 11th parliamentary election, to be held on December 30. 

“The workers are now working overtime to meet the deadline of printing campaign materials. Many small and medium-sized printing presses that failed to obtain direct work orders are now working under subcontracts from bigger presses,” added  Moshiur.

Iqbal Uddin Chowdhury, owner of a printing press at Anderkillah said: “Some candidates have started booking printing campaign materials. The printing presses will go into overdrive after a couple of days.”