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Polling campaign ends, now waiting for vote

 Staff Correspondent :: staff-correspondent

 Published: 01:58 PM, 28 December 2018   Updated: 01:58 PM, 28 December 2018

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Candidates’ election campaign for the 11th National Parliamentary Elections is ended on Friday. The voting will be held few days later.  

After the allotment of symbols, the formal election campaign started across the country on December 10. The campaign ended on Friday at 8:00 am. Before that on Thursday, the candidates conducted last election campaign and sought votes from voters.  

Polling for 299 seats will be held from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. After this the results will be released. Voting in Gaibandha-3 constituency has been delayed due to the death of the candidate.

In this year’s parliamentary elections, about 1.23 crore new voters will cast their vote for the first time.

According to the EC sources, voters in 300 seats are 10,42,38,000. There are 40,183 polling stations and 2,06,707 polling rooms.

Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) will be used in the six seats for the first time. About seven lakh officers will be engaged in the polling work. More than six lakh members of the law enforcing agencies will be there to protect law and order. Members of the Armed Forces are also on the field in the security of the law enforcement agencies.

According to Article 78 of the Representation of the People Order (RPO) 1972, all types of campaign, rally, and procession are prohibited from 48 hours of before voting. That means, no campaign, rally, procession can be conducted from December 28 to January 1 in the election area.

In the 24-hour polling place, the ban was imposed on Taxi Cab, Baby taxi / Autorickshaw, Microbus, Jeep, Pickup, Car, Bus, Truck, Tempo, Launch, Easybike, engine boat and speedboat movement. Motorcycles will be banned for three days from Saturday to Monday.

The necessary electoral materials including ballot papers were sent to the district. On Saturday, the day before the election, ballot papers will be delivered from the returning officer's office to the polling station.

It is noted that more than 1,800 candidates are contesting in the elections. Of these, 1,750 candidates from political parties and others are independent candidates.

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