Candidates for Rangpur 3 by-election remained busy in last minute campaigns and sought votes and blessings of the voters on Thursday as the campaigns ended on Thursday.
The Election Commission banned all kind of campaign, meeting and procession in the constituency till October 5, the polling day.
The commission also banned plying of vehicles including motorcycles in the constituency and instructed outsiders to leave the constituency.
The three major contestants — BNP-backed Reita Rahaman, Jatiya Party and Awami League-led alliance candidate, Rahgir Al Mahi Shad, and Jatiya Party’s rebel candidateHossain Mokbul Asif Shahriar — concluded their campaign holding wayside meetings at different spots in the city.
On Wednesday night, Jatiya Party chairman GM Kader and secretary general Masiur Rahman Ranga joined a party activists meeting at a local community center. They urged the party leaders and activists to work together to ensure victory of the party’s candidate Shad Ershad, son of party founder HM Ershad.
Returning officer and regional election officer GM Shahatabuddin said the commission banned campaign, holding meeting and procession in the constituency from 9:00am Thursday to till the voting ends on October 5. ‘We also directed to stop plying vehicles including motorcycles and the outsiders to leave the constituency area,’ he said.
Meanwhile, mock voting was held in all 175 polling centres on the day where presiding officer and polling offices showed the voters how to cast vote on Electronic Voting Machines.
The number of voters in the constituency was 4,42,072 and of them, 2,21,310 were male and 2,20,762 female.
Voting would be held in 175 polling centres from 9:00am to 5:00pm on October 5 with EVMs.
The Election commission declared a general holiday on the day.
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