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By-polls of DNCC, general polls of DSCC 

General Holiday in capital tomorrow 

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:34 PM, 27 February 2019  

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The government has declared a general holiday on Thursday for the Mayoral by polls of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and the polls of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).

The polling will take place from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

The information was provided by the Ministry of Public Administration in a separate notification on Tuesday. 

By the death of Mayor Anisul Haque, the by-polls for the DNCC mayoral post are being held. According to EC sources, 5 candidates are contesting for the DNCC mayor post. They are - Atiqul Islam of Awami League, Shafin Ahmed of Jatiya Party, Shahin Khan from Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), Anisur Rahman Dewan from National People's Party (NPP), and Independent candidate Md Abdur Rahim.  

Meanwhile, the number of candidates is 309 for the 36 general wards of the DNCCC and DSCC. The number of candidates for the position of women council in 12 reserved wards in two cities is 70. Among them, 160 candidates of 18 general wards of the general ward of DNCC, 149 of the general councilor candidates in the DSCC in the respective wards. 

On the other hand, there are 45 women candidates in the 6 reserved wards of the DNCCC and 25 in the DSCC. The party symbol is not allocated for the councilor post. 

Security has been taken to ensure the safety of voters and candidates. Polling will be stopped at the center of any voting center if there is any irregularity. On Wednesday, there will be restrictions of traffic movement for 24hours from midnight to Thursday midnight for the two city elections. 

In addition to the highways under the city corporation, the restrictions on important roads, highways and main link roads will be relaxed in the inter-district and metropolitan areas.

In addition to the permission of the EC, the candidates’ agents, their election agents, local observers and journalists, officers and employees of the election, law enforcement personnel, restrictions on the legal inspector of the election will not be applicable.

Vehicular movement is also outside the ban for certain emergency work such as ambulance, fire service, electricity, gas, post, and telecommunication.

It is noted that the mayoral post for the DNCC by-polls is being held on February 28. On the other hand, general polls for the 18 wards of the DNCC and 18 wards of the DSCC (total 36 wards) are also being held. In addition, women councilor posts in 6 reserved women wards in both DNCCC and DSCC City polls are being held on February 28.