Voting in 3 Natore municipalities underway peacefully...

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Voting in 3 Natore municipalities underway peacefully

 Natorre Correspondent

 Published: 01:38 PM, 16 January 2021  

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

The elections is three municipals – Gurudaspur, Gopalpur, Naldanga – are being held in Natore on Saturday. Voting is being held through ballots in Gurudaspur and Gopalpur municipalities while EVMs have been taking place in Naldanga municipality.

There are 13 candidates are contesting for the post of mayor, 36 for the post of reserved women councilor and 110 for the post of councilor in these three municipalities. Meanwhile, a councilor has already been elected unopposed in Gopalpur municipality.  

51,174 voters are exercising their voting rights in 30 polling stations in three municipalities. From December 30, 2020, to January 13, 2021 – nine executive magistrates worked in the constituencies of each municipality to ensure overall law and order and ensure electoral conduct. 

“One executive magistrate per ward in each municipality was working to ensure fair elections,” said Natore Additional District Magistrate Rahima Khatun on Saturday. 

The special branch of the district police has deployed 512 members of the police at different levels out of a total of 30 centers in three municipalities, 23 of which are important and seven of which are under general consideration. Each polling station has a five-member team led by an SI. RAB and BGB teams are also patrolling the constituency. 

Voters turnout were seen at the Naldanga Government High School polling station in Naldanga Municipality, ignoring the intensity of the cold in the morning. Women voters are more present in this center than men.  

“This is the first time I cast my vote in the EVM,” said voter Abdul Hakim, who was standing in line to cast his vote at the Burirbhag High School polling station

After voting, Neela Begum said, “It is easy to vote in EVM.” 

Naldanga Upazila Election Officer and Assistant Returning Officer Md. Saiful Islam said, “The election is being held smoothly. An average of 20 percent of voters cast their ballots in nine centers till 10.30 am. The number of voters is expected to increase from noon.”