Mayors and councilor candidates started campaign today with much enthusiasm after election symbols were distributed among the candidates of Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls at the Returning Officer's office.
According to Election Commission, some seven candidates are vying for mayor post while 156 others for councilor posts. Among councilor candidates, 38 women are contesting for nine reserved woman seats.
After distribution of symbols at Narayanganj Club auditorium Returning Officer Nuruzzaman Talukdar told newsman all steps will be taken to make the NCC polls on December 22 free, fair and peaceful. He alerted candidates saying that stern actions will be taken against violators of code of conduct in the polls.
Some 4,79,392 voters are to exercise the rights of franchise in the polls. Among them, 2,37, 878 are female voters.
The NCC will go for voting for the second time after its formation on May 5, 2011. The first election was held on October 30, 2011 under non-party banner but this time the polls will be held under party banner.
This time outgoing mayor Dr Selina Hayat Ivy will vie for polls with "Boat" symbol as she got nomination from Awami League. BNP-nominated candidate Advocate Shakhawat Hossain Khan will vie for mayor post with "Dhaner Shish" symbol.
Besides, Biplobi Workers Party candidate Advocate Mahbubur Rahman Ismail will contest in polls with party election symbol "Kodal", Islami Anodolon Bangladesh candidate Mufti Masum Billa with "Pakha", Islami Oikya Jote candidate Mufti Ejharul Islam with "Minar" LDP candidate Kamal Pradhan with "Umbrella" and Kalyan Party candidate Russell Ferdous Sohel Molla will vie in the election with "Hand Watch" for mayor post.
Awami League candidate Ivy told newsmen that "party election symbol 'Boat' is not only mine but it's also a symbol of Liberation War, Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina and also countrymen. I believe almighty Allah has mercy on that symbol."
She said: "I have been working for people of Narayanganj and I will continue my activities. People will cast their votes for Boat".
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)