Campaigning for the Gazipur City Corporation elections has gained momentum as mayoral as well as the councillor candidates for both general and reserved seats for woman have been wooing voters from early morning to midnight, with the polling day drawing nearer.
The candidates along with their supports are making door-to-door visits with promises of building a modern city, if elected.
The road transport and bridges ministry, meanwhile, in a press release Tuesday afternoon, imposed restriction on movement of different types of vehicles in Gazipur from June 24 midnight to June 26 midnight on the occasion of the GCC elections.
The election, which was scheduled to be held on May 15 before a stay on it, is now billed for June 26.
A total of seven candidates for mayor, 254 for general councillor and 84 candidates from reserved women councillor are contesting the GCC polls.
The mayoral candidates are passing their campaign hours in different city wards, bazaars, roads, offices and attending electoral meetings of professional bodies, gatherings and view-exchange meetings.
Supporters of the mayoral and councillor candidates were seen bringing out processions and chanting slogans in favour of their aspirants all day long.
Both the AL and the BNP mayoral candidates have set up election offices at important points and intersections as per rules.
On Tuesday, the BNP mayoral candidate, Hasan Uddin Sarker, started his campaign in the city’s Gacha area and later conducted the campaign at Ishadda, Jhajar, Arabian garments, Bottola and other adjacent areas in Ward 32,33 and 35.
Later the mayoral candidate visited cities Tongi area including TNT, Shilmun, Markun and adjacent areas. Central and local BNP leader and party activist accompanied Hasan Sarker.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan was conducting campaign at ward 28 of Harinal.
The AL mayoral candidate, Jahangir Alam, conducted campaign in different areas including Square gate, Latifpur govt primary school premises, Turag Eidgha filed and Ambag area. He addressed at least 15 meetings.
A total of 11 lakh 37 thousands and 736 voters are expected to cast their vote in the upcoming polls of 57 general ward councillors and 19 reserved women seat. Of them, five lakh 69 thousands and 935 were male and five lakh 67 thousands and 801 were female voters.
According to the press releases of the ministry for road transport and bridges, the restriction will be effective in case of auto-rickshaws, microbuses, jeeps, pick-ups, cars, buses, trucks and human haulers between June 24 midnight and June 26 midnight.
For motorcycles, the restriction is from June 23 midnight to June 26 midnight.
The restrictions will be, however, relaxed for the candidates in the elections, their agents, and local and foreign election observers and journalists upon permission from the returning officer.
Vehicles for election officials, law enforcement agencies, and emergency services will be out of purview of the restriction, the release added.
Gazipur deputy commissioner was empowered to enforce the restriction, the release said.
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