All arrangements made for NCC polls free, fair: CEC
Published: 04:50 PM, 12 January 2022 Updated: 04:51 PM, 12 January 2022
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda; File Photo
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda today said all arrangements have been taken to make Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) elections free and fair.
He made the remarks after exchanging views with presiding and returning officers at Morgan School in Narayanganj on Wednesday afternoon.
CEC KM Nurul Huda said we do not see any problems in NCC polls. The candidates in the election have not been involved in any clashes except “verbal allegations”. “We think there will be elections without clashes.”
Regarding EVMs, KM Nurul Huda said, “EVM is a machine through which votes can be counted within 10 minutes after polling. This is a clean machine.”
According to the schedule of the Election Commission (EC), the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls will be held on January 16.
A total of 189 candidates are vying for the posts of mayor, reserved ward and general ward councilor in the NCC polls. Of these, seven are contesting for the post of mayor, 34 for 9 reserved women’s wards and 148 for 27 general ward councilors.
The seven candidates for the post of mayor in the election - Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy of Awami League, Maulana Md. Masum Billah of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, ABM Sirajul Mamun of Khelafat Majlish, Md. Jashim Uddin of Bangladesh Khilafat Andolan, Md. Rashed Ferdous of Bangladesh Kallyan Party, and independent candidates Taimur Alam Khandaker and Kamrul Islam.
The EC announced the schedule of the NCC polls on November 30. This is the third time that voting has taken place in this city since it started its journey as a city corporation in 2011. Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy won the polls twice.