All set to hold CCC polls in free, fair manner

CHATTOGRAM, Jan 25, 2021 (BSS)- The stage is set to hold Chattogram City
Corporation (CCC) elections on January 27 in a free, fair and neutral manner.

Election Commission (EC) claimed that they have no lapse to present an
acceptable and fair election before the nations.

The electoral materials have already been reached in Chattogram today and
those will be distributed to the respective presiding officers tomorrow.

EC Officials said that they have already received 11,000 Electronic Voting
Machine’s (EVM) and completed training programmes for 16,163 election

Returning officer of the CCC polls Hasanuzzaman told BSS that most of the
polls related materials including adequate EVM Machine, packaging and other
accessories also reached here.

He said they would allocate one EVM machines for 4,886 polling booths each
and 735 EVM Machines would be sent to the 735 polling centres in the city.

The EC has already taken control over the MA Aziz Stadium area since
Saturday for all kinds of election purposes and the announcement of the
poll’s result, Hasanuzzaman said.

“We are well aware of the time demand and our day to day situation is
improving, the election commission and other concerned organisations have
finalized the total arrangement to conduct the polls as per aspirations of
the people,” Returning Officer (RO) said.

He said the officials engaged in the elections process are working
relentlessly under the supervision of Election Commission (EC) Secretariat to
complete all necessary arrangements for presenting an impartial and
acceptable election to all.

With every striking force, there will be a magistrate and a total of 41
executive magistrates and 20 judicial magistrates will be deployed to run the
election peacefully, he added.

Hasanuzzaman said there will be 12 members of Ansars and police deployed
in each of the important polling centres.

The RO hoped that the voters would come to the polling centres without any
fear and return home safely after casting their votes.

Overall polls atmosphere in the field is excellent and satisfactory till to
date as there is no major allegation reported against flouting of the
election rules and regulations, Hasanuzzaman continued.

Commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) Saleh Mohammad Tanvir
said they have taken four-tire security measures to ensure law and order
situation on the polling day.

He ruled out any possibility of untoward incidents during the post and pre-
election period as the law and order situation in the port city has
significantly improved following the vigorous anti-crime drives and recovery
of illegal arms and ammunition by the law enforcers.

According to the local EC office, a total of 19,38,706 voters including
9,46,673 females will exercise their right of franchise on the polls, slated
for January 27.

Meanwhile, all election campaigns come to end from 12 midnight tonight
(January 25).

A total of 735 presiding officers, 4,886 assistant presiding officers and
9,772 polling officers will perform their duties during the polls.

A total of 236 candidates– seven mayoral candidates and 229 councillors–
are contesting in the polls of 41 CCC words to be held on January 27.

The last CCC election was held on April 28 in 2015.


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