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Voting in Gazipur City Corporation election opens

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Voting in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election began on Thursday using electronic voting machines (EVMs) in all polling stations in a peaceful manner.

The voting began around 8am and will continue till 4pm without any break, reports UNB.

Eight candidates are contesting for mayoral posts in the election and there are 248 councillors and 79 female councillor candidates.

A total of 11,79,476 voters are eligible to vote and of them, 5,92,762 are men and 5,86,696 are women, and the number of transgender people is 18.

Election Commissioner Rashida Sultana said that Gazipur City Corporation voting will be held in a free and fair environment and voters can cast their vote peacefully.

The commissioner said this while exchanging views with journalists after a meeting with magistrates on maintaining law and order in the Gazipur City Corporation election at Gazipur Circuit House on Wednesday.

The election commission will monitor the election through CCTVs, which were set up in all polling stations.

Tight security

A total of 13,000 law enforcers have been deployed to maintain law and order during the election, said Commissioner of Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP) Molla Nazrul Islam on Wednesday.

" 20-22 members of law enforcement agencies will perform duty at each centre. I hope a free and fair election will be held with the efforts of all amid fool proof security," he told UNB.

Twenty platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have been deployed alongside 30 teams of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Ansar members, said Returning Officer Faridul Islam.

Mobile teams will be there in 57 wards while 19 striking forces led by 19 magistrates will remain vigilant at the polling centres.



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