Election Commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam on Friday said that there would be no public holiday on the polling day of Chattogram City Corporation election and no troops would be deployed in the election.
Usually, there remained public holiday in constituencies on the election day.
Voting in the elections would be held on March 29 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at 719 polling centres without any break.
Rafiqul said that usually the commission did not deploy troops in local government elections. ‘We are not deploying troops this time,’ he said while exchanging views with election officials at the commission’s Chattogram region office on Love Lane in the city.
He said military personnel would remain on election duties to provide technical support.
Voting in the elections would be carried out with Electronic Voting Machines instead of traditional ballot boxes.
The commissioner said that the commission had ensured all the facilities for the voters to cast their votes.
He brushed aside any chances of deferral of the polling day as the HSC examinations would start from April 1 and there would be Ramadan afterwards.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s mayor candidate Shahadat Hossain on Thursday demanded deployment of troops in each booths and deferral of the voting day.
The Election Commission on February 16 announced the schedule of the polls. Thursday was the last day to file nomination papers and the commission would scrutiny the nomination papers on March 1.
The last date for withdrawal of candidacy is March 8 while election symbols would be allotted on March 9.
The candidates would have to file appeals against scrutiny decisions between March 2 and 4 the commission would dispose them between March 5 and 7.
AJM Nasir Uddin was elected mayor in the last city corporation election held on 28 April 2015.
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