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Election campaign ends in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI, As the 11th parliamentary election will be held Sunday, all the electioneering people including the contestants have concluded their 17day long hectic campaign last midnight like other parts in the country.

Braving shivering cold weather, the candidates particularly the

heavyweight ones were seen arranging huge procession and showdown on the last

campaign day. They also met voters irrespective of age, sex, creed and caste

with posters and leaflets to drum up support for them from early morning to

midnight.

Most of the contestants put all their efforts to get voters support in

all 19 constituencies of Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore and Chapainawabganj

districts on the closing day of the formal election campaign.

The heavyweight aspirants are: Minister for Jute and Textile Emaj Uddin

Pramanik, MP, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, MP, State

Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Polok, MP, Fazely Hossain Badsha, MP, Omor

Faruque Chowdhury, MP, and Engineer Enamul Haque, MP, from Awami League and

Barrister Aminul Haque, Mijanur Rahman Minu and Alamgir Kabir from BNP.

Flanked by a large number of leaders and workers, the contestants were

seen meeting voters and different professional bodies seeking their support

throughout the day braving fog as well as cold wave.

All the electioneering areas got a new look with numerous posters,

banners and festoons.

Side by side with male workers, the presence of female workers in the

election campaign was also significant this time as hundreds of women are

taking part in the ongoing electioneering.

Voters said main competition is likely to be taken place between the

candidates of Bangladesh Awami League and BNP in all the constituencies.

Majority people opined during voting the voters will consider various

positive issues of the present government including dynamic leadership of

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and development achievements in last 10 years.

College teacher Harunur Rashid advocated for a free, fair and peaceful

election. He added that the upcoming election will be inclusive and

participatory which is good sign for the country's democracy.

In Rajshahi district, there are six constituencies having 19,42,562

voters including 9,74,853 females. A total of 25 candidates are vying for all

the constituencies.

A total of sixteen candidates are struggling for four constituencies in

Natore district having 13,03,877 voters including 6,50,370 females.

There are twentynine candidates in six constituencies of Naogaon

district having 20,02,736 voters including 10,07,513 females.

A total of thirteen candidates are contesting for three constituencies

in Chapainawabganj district having 11,75,303 voters.

Divisional Commissioner NurUrRahman said peaceful atmosphere is

prevailing here. He said securities of all the voters will be ensured at any

cost on day of balloting. The EC and local administration have been working

relentlessly so that the voters can return to their respective residences

safely after casting their votes.

The returning officers said a fivetier security measures have been

arranged to make the election free, fair and credible.

All the agencies concerned, including the lawenforcement ones, have

already started rendering their duties properly to make the election

peaceful.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)