Voting in 708 UPs underway...

Dhaka, Wednesday   19 January 2022

Voting in 708 UPs underway

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:56 AM, 5 January 2022   Updated: 01:02 PM, 5 January 2022

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Voting in the fifth phase of the local government elections to 708 Union Parishad (UP)'s across the country is underway. 

The polling started at 8:00 am on Wednesday and it will continue till 4:00 pm. 

Earlier at Monday midnight, the official election campaign ended. Apprehending probable violence, Police, RAB and BGB personnel have been on the field in the unions where election is going to be held. There are also judicial and executive magistrates to look after the code of conduct.

In this phase, voting is being held through EVMs in 40 Ups while paper ballots are being cast in 668 UPs. A total of 1,42,20,195 voters - 70,60,140 male, 68,36,031 female and 21 transgender - will cast their franchise in 134 centres.

A total of 3,274 candidates are contesting the chairmen, 39,391 vying for members and 7,950 for women reserved seats at 708 UPs at 95 upazilas in 48 districts.

In this phase, chairmen of 48 UPs have already been elected uncontested. Besides, 33 members of the reserved women's ward and 112 members of the general ward have been elected uncontested.