CCC voting ends, counting ongoing

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PNS: The Comilla City Corporation (CCC) polls began Thursday morning from 8:00 am, and the voting ended at 4:00 pm without any break.

114 candidates are contesting for 27 general councillor posts while 41 women for nine reserved seats.
A total of 207,566 voters — 102,447 males and 105,119 females — are expected to exercise their voting rights at 103 polling stations to elect their city mayor, councilors.

Members of law enforcement agencies, including police, Rab and BGB, have been deployed to maintain the law and order situation in the election area.

Returning Officer Rakib Uddin Mandal, in a media briefing on Wednesday, warned against irregularities and threatened tough action against those trying to fish in troubled waters.

“We will use whatever means is necessary to prevent disorder,” he added.

As many as 4,700 members of law-enforcing agencies have been deployed in the city. Border Guard Bangladesh platoons and the Rapid Action Battalion units have been kept as strike force.

Nine judicial and 27 executive magistrates will cover the polling zone.

This is the second polls to the Comilla City Corporation after it was formed in 2011 by merger of the two municipalities.

BNP nominated incumbent Mayor Monirul Haque Shakku as its candidate.

The ruling Awami League has put up Anjum Sultana Sima, whose father Afzal Khan lost to Shakku in the first polls in 2012.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal’s (JSD) Shirin Akter and independent candidate retired army major Mamunur Rashid are also contesting for mayor.

PNS/Baki Billah

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