Balloting is underway in the by-election to Chattogram-8 constituency which fell vacant after the death of Moinuddin Khan Badal.
Electronic voting machines or EVMs are being used in this election. Voting started at 9:00am and will continue till 5:00pm without any break.
Six candidates, including Awami League’s Moslem Uddin Ahmed and BNP’s Abu Sufian, are contesting the by-polls.
The other contestants are — Chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Front SM Abul Kalam Azad, Syed Mohammad Farid Uddin of Islamic Front Bangladesh, Bapon Dasgupta of NAP and independent candidate Mohammad Emdadul Haque.
Chattogram-8 constituency is comprised of five wards — ward No 3 to 7 — of Chittagong City Corporation and Boalkhali upazila, except Sripur and Kharandip unions.
There are 475,996 voters in the constituency.
Badal, the executive president of a faction of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, was elected MP with Awami League’s symbol Boat in the last general election.
He died at a hospital in India on November 7 last at the age of 67.
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