RANGPUR: A week ahead of the December 21 Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) elections, hectic electioneering by the candidates and their supporters has turned Rangpur into a festive city, reports BSS.
All of the 283 candidates have hung their posters all-around giving the city a special look. They are also campaigning through leaflet distribution, door-to-door visit, canvassing with loud speakers and other ways to woo the voters.
The voters are showing interest in exercising their franchise to elect honest and committed persons having better background and educational qualification for continuation of the city development.
The competing mayoral and councilor candidates have put in their all-out efforts to reach the doorsteps of the voters with a hope to get their support in the upcoming RCC polls.
At the same time, the Election Commission has taken adequate preparations, including four-tier security measures, to hold the RCC polls peacefully in a free, fair, impartial and transparent manner amid festivity.
Meanwhile, some voters have already made up their minds in selecting the mayoral candidates, but confusion persists in deciding on the councilor candidates as their number is huge in every ward.
Talking to the agency on Wednesday, common voters, including the young generation, expressed their optimism over the RCC polls as positive commitments are being made by the competing mayoral and councilor candidates.
“The young voters are expecting competent, patriotic and educated leadership through the RCC polls to speed up development for building a digitally planned, modern and beautiful city,” said Rafiul Islam, a young voter of Keranipara area under Ward No-18.
Returning Officer Subhash Chandra Sarkar told BSS that all officials and employees involved with the RCC elections are working relentlessly for holding the polls in a free, fair, transparent and credible manner.
In addition to more than 3,500 members of police, 36 team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and 18 teams of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) along with 11 striking teams led by magistrates will be deployed for staging the RCC polls peacefully.
“A total of 393,994 voters including 196,356 males and 197,638 females will exercise their franchise at 1,122 polling booths of 193 polling centres in the RCC elections-2017,” Sarkar said.
“A total of 3,559 trained election officials, including 193 presiding officers, 1,122 assistant presiding officers and 2,244 polling officers will conduct the RCC polls,” he added.
Assistant Returning Officer Kamrul Islam said 283 candidates, including seven for the mayoral post, 211 for 33 general councilor posts and 65 for 11 reserved councilor posts for women are in the fray for RCC polls this time.
The seven mayoral candidates are: Awami League-nominated Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu, Jatiya Party-nominated Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa, BNP-nominated Kawser Zaman Babla, Selim Akhter of National Peoples Party, ATM Golam Mostafa of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Abdul Kuddus of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal and former JP lawmaker Hossain Mokbul Shahriar (independent).