Narayanganj City Corporation votes on Oct 30

The election commission has declared the election schedule for the newly-formed Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC).

"Voting will be held on Oct 30," Chief Election Commissioner A T M Shamsul Huda told reporters at a press meet in the commission's conference room on Thursday.

Mayor and councillor contenders will have to submit their nominations to the returning officer by Oct 2. The nominations will be selected in between Oct 4-5; the last date for withdrawal is Oct 12.

The NCC was formed in May by merging the Naryanganj and Siddhirganj municipalities. The local government (City Corporation) law says that the polls will have to be held within 180 days of the publication of the gazette declaring the city corporation's formation, setting the deadline for the NCC polls on Nov 2.

The newly formed city corporation has 27 general wards and 9 preserved wards. A total of 4,03,706 voters reside in the city corporation of which 2,03,096 are males and 2,00,610 are females.

Votes will be cast through 1217 poll booths in 163 centres. In addition there will be one temporary centre with 50 booths.

The premises of a total 131 organisations are being used as poll centres.

Dhaka Divisional deputy election commissioner has been assigned to act as the returning officer and will be assisted by nine assistant returning officers.

Electronic voting machines will be used in nine wards including wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8.

The commission also has plans to introduce Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to over view the voting.

Meanwhile, another election commissioner has said that the Border Guards Bangladesh, Rapid Action Battalion, Armed Police Battalion and Coast Guard personnel will be keeping watch on law and order. Every strike force will be accompanied by an executive magistrate.

A team of nine executive and three judicial magistrates will be keeping watch on candidates for breaches in the codes of conduct after the deadline for withdrawal ends.

Separate committees have been created to supervise the electoral expenses of mayor and councillor candidates.

The commission has plans to hold debates between mayor contenders. The EC officials are planning to host the debates at the Narayanganj Club or the Zia Auditorium.

The incumbent election commission has held the Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, Sylhet and Chittagong city corporation polls before the deadline. However, the Dhaka City Corporation is yet to be held even though the deadline ended nearly three and half years ago.

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