All preparations have been taken for holding the by-election to Pabna-4 constituency, comprising Ishwardi and Atgharia upazilas, set for today.
All sorts of election equipment arrived in the constituency on Friday. However, the ballot papers will be delivered this morning.
The returning officer, also the Pabna district senior election officer, Abdul Latif Sheikh, said that a large number of law enforcement personnel would be deployed at the polling stations to ensure a smooth and peaceful election.
Voting will continue from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
According to the local election office, there are two municipalities and twelve unions in the constituency.
The total number of voters in the constituency is 3,81,112. Of them, 1,91,697 are male and 1,89,415 are female voters. There are 129 polling stations.
A total of 2,301 presiding officers and polling officers will work in the polling stations. 8 platoons of BGB will be deployed for maintaining discipline. 18 magistrates also will perform their duties.
Raihan Quddus and Sirajul Islam, election officers of Ishwardi and Atgharia, said each booth would have soapy water and hand sanitiser for hand washing. In addition, voters have been instructed to wear hand gloves, masks and head covers. Voters must wear masks and stand at 3 feet distance from each other.
It may be mentioned that after the death of Shamsur Rahman Sharif Dilu, former land minister and the Member of Parliament of the constituency, on April 2 this year, the Election Commission announced the details of the by-election after declaring the seat vacant.
Ruling Awami League’s three-time elected chairman of Ishwardi upazila Nuruzzaman Biswas, Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson’s adviser Habibur Rahman Habib and Jatiya Party’s Rezaul Karim are contesting the by-polls.
BNP candidate Habibur Rahman said that a free and fair election would depend on the government’s intention. Only deployment of law enforcement agencies cannot ensure a fair election, he added.
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