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All were set to hold the by-elections in Rangpur 3 constituency, which fell vacant at the death of Jatiya Party chairman HM Ersahd, on Saturday with Electronic Voting Machines at all polling centres.
Voting would begin at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm without any break.
The Election Commission distributed the election materials to the presiding officers on Friday and took necessary measures to hold the voting peacefully and neutrally, said officials concerned.
The presiding officers and polling officers received the election materials from 11:00am at the Police Hall in the city and headed for their respective polling centres along with police and Ansar members.
All the election officials would stay at night in the polling centres. Members of law enforcement agencies would remain vigilant on and outside the centres.
‘All is set for holding the by-polls on Saturday peacefully. We have completed all preparations for the polls,’ returning officer and the regional election commissioner, GM Shahatabuddin, said.
The parliamentary seat fell vacant after HM Ershad died on July 14.
There were 4,42,072 voters in Rangpur 3 constituency. Of them 2,21,310 were male and 2,20,762 were female. Election Commission earlier declared public holiday on the day in the area.
Some 175 presiding officers, 1,023 assistant presiding officers 2,046 polling officers were trained and appointed for conducting the election.
Members of police, Rapid Action Battalion, Boarder Guard of Bangladesh, Ansar, and Village Defence Party were already deployed for the polling.
Plainclothes people would also remain active and executive magistrates would conduct mobile courts, if necessary, the returning officer said.
Rangpur superintendent of policeBiplob Kumar said all security measures have been taken to hold the vote in a peaceful manner.
Six candidates were contesting the by-polls.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party candidate Rita Rahman was contesting the polls with the sheaf of paddy symbol, Jatiya Party and Awami League-led alliance candidate Rahgir Al Mahi Shad, also the son of HM Ershad, with the symbol plough, Gono Front candidate Kazi Mohammad Shahidullah Byzid with the symbol of fish, Khelafat Majlish candidate Tawhidur Rahamn Mondal with the symbol of wall clock, National Peoples Party candidate Shafiul Alam with the symbol of mango and Jatiya Party rebel candidate and Ershad’s nephew Hossain Mokbul Asif Shahriar was contesting the polls with the symbol of motor car.
Talking to media BNP candidate Rita Rahaman expressed her doubt whether the election would be a fair one as it was proved that EVMs could be doctored and results could be changed.
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