General

Polling underway peacefully across country

DHAKA, Polling of the 11th Jatiya Sangsad election is continuing peacefully with a festive mood prevailing in the polling centers after starting at 8am this morning across the country.

Though the voter turnout was little low in the morning due to cold weather,

but the number rose sharply with the passing of time. The balloting will

continue till 4pm without any break.

Long queues of voters were seen in capital's Khilgaon Government Girls High

School, Khilgaon Government High School, Shantinagar Little Angels Learning

Home polling centers.

Though there is a little crowd but the voting is continuing peacefully,

Shahinur Begum, a voter waiting to cast her ballot in Khilgaon Government

High School, told BSS.

The balloting is continuing peacefully since it began in the morning. If

it continues like this, we can say the voting will be peaceful. The overall

situation is very good, Delwar Hossain, presiding officer at Kadamtala

School and College, said.

A total of 1,861 candidates are vying for the polls. Among them, 1,733 are

from political parties and 128 independents.

A total of 10, 42, 38,677 voters, including 5, 25, 72,365 male and

5,16,66,312 female, are scheduled to cast their votes at 206,477 polling

booths of the 40,183 voting centers in 299 constituencies across the country.

The EC is taking votes using Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at all polling

booths in six constituencies for the first time. The constituencies' are

Dhaka6 and 13, Chattogram9, Rangpur3, Khulna2 and Satkhira2.

In compliance with new electoral rules, a total of 39 registered political

parties are contesting the polls.

About 608,000 members of law enforcement agencies, 66 returning officers,

will perform their responsibilities to conduct the election across the

country.

A total of 4,0183 presiding officers, 20, 7,312 assistant presiding

officers and 4,14,624 polling officers have been appointed for conducting the

election while about 1,328 executive magistrates have been deployed and 640

judicial magistrates are working in 122 electoral inquiry committees during

the polls.

The EC and local administrations have been working relentlessly so that the

voters can return to their respective residences safely after casting their

votes.

BSS correspondents from across the country are sending reports of peaceful

balloting, with separate incidents in one or two centers.

Number of the voters in the 11th parliament election in different polling

centers of 16 constituencies in Chittagong city and district began to

increase with passing of the time.

Officials engaged in different polling centers said though the turn of the

voters was thin in the beginning because of cold weather but it started

increasing later.

Returning Officer and Deputy Commissioner of Chattogram, Ilias Hossain,

said the voting was continuing in total peaceful atmosphere excepting some

stray incidents in Patiya and Banskhali.

According to official sources, the concerned government agencies including

district and upazila administrations, Bangladesh Army, RAB, Police and Ansar

VDP have been working round the clock to make the election a total success.

Our Gazipur correspondent said the voting is going ahead peacefully in the

district with no untoward incidents reported so far.

The voting is continuing peacefully with the adequate presence of law

enforcement agency members. I hope the situation will prevail till the end,

Md Mosharraf Hossain, presiding officer at Monnu Textile High School center,

said.

Balloting is continuing in a peaceful manner in all 566 centers in Natore,

with Natore Deputy Commissioner Md Shahriaj saying the authorities is

committed to hold a peaceful and participatory election.

Jhalakathi correspondent said voting started at a time in all 237 polling

centers in the district at 8am in spite of cold weather. The presence of

women voters was significant.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu cast his ballot around 9 am at

Jhalakathi Government High School center. Amu later visited different polling

centers in Nalchiti Upazila.

Joypurhat correspondent too sent report of peaceful voting, with District

commissioner and returning officer Mohammad Zakir Hossain seen visiting

different centers, ensuring festive atmosphere.

Voting started at 8am in polling centers under four constituencies in

Moulvibazar district like elsewhere in the country.

Balloting is going on peacefully in polling centers under three

constituencies in Munshiganj.

Captain of Bangladesh one day cricket team and Narail2 Awami League

hopeful Mashrafe Bin Mortaza cast his ballot at Narail Technical School and

College center at around 12 noon.

Balloting is going on peacefully in Magura also. Magura1 Awami League

candidate advocate Saifuzzaman Shekhar casted his ballot at Model Government

Primary School center in Magura town.

Long queues of voters were seen outside the polling centers in Habiganj

district from the morning. Voting is going on in 633 centers under four

constituencies in the district.

Voting in the 11th Jatiya Sangsad elections is going on at all polling

centres in five constituencies in Narsingdi in peaceful atmosphere.

Talking to the BSS, Awami League candidate for Narsingdi1 Lt Colonel

(retd) Nazrul Islam Hiro MP (Bir pratik) said, the voting is going on in a

peaceful manner in his constituency.

Polling has started peacefully at 8am in all the three constituencies of

Chapainawabganj district. While contacted superintendent of police of

Chapainawabganj TM Mojahidul Islam confirmed this.

The polling is being held in 467 polling centres in which 158 centres under

Chapainawabganj1, 159 centres in Chapainawabganj2 and 150 centres in

Chapainawabganj3 constituencies.

In Sylhet, the national election is being held in a peaceful and festive

atmosphere with impressive participation of all ages of voters.

Long queues of voters were seen in the polling centre at Haji Shah Mir

Govt. Primary School in Shahi Eidgah area in the district. Same picture was

seen in other polling centres in the Sylhet city.

Yasmin Haque told the news agency that she cast her vote in a peaceful

atmosphere. Like Yasmin, many voters expressed their satisfaction over

peaceful environment in the district.

In Netrokona, the 11th parliamentary election is being held in five

constituencies under the district fairly and peacefully amidst tight

security.

Reports reaching here from the five constituencies said that voting

starting from 8am in all the 617 vote centres of the five constituencies

under the district and will continue till 4 pm without any break.

The voting of the 11th parliament election is also going on in Manikganj

peacefully. Returning Officer S M Ferdous expressed his satisfaction as

voters cast their votes in a peaceful atmosphere.

The general election is continuing peacefully with a festive mood in

different districts including Satkhira, Narayanganj, Gopalganj, Naogain,

Rajshahi, Mymensingh and Kushtia districts.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)