The election to Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) will be held tomorrow using electronic voting machines (EVMs) at all polling stations. Needless to mention, it would be a high-voltage battle of ballots amid tight security. Reportedly, it will be the third election for the NCC after its formation in 2011.
Around 517,357 voters are expected to cast their votes in the polls to elect a city mayor, 27 ward councillors and nine women councillors from the reserved seats. A total of six mayoral candidates, 34 councillor candidates in reserve wards for women and 145 councillor candidates in general wards are contesting this much-talked about city corporation polls. However, voters and those who will be engaged in election activities must be cautious as coronavirus surges again.
This time the NCC elections have already attracted people’s attention as they will exercise their franchise through electronic voting machines for the first time to elect mayor and councillors of the city corporation.
We hope that the election commission and the government
would do e verything to ensure NCC elections are held peacefully,
fairly, freely and impartially
In 2016, Awami League mayor candidate Selina Hayat Ivy won the NCC elections. She also won the race in the maiden election to the NCC held in 2011. A tough contest is expected between Awami League mayoral candidate Dr Selina Hayat Ivy with ‘Boat’ symbol and independent runner Advocate Taimur Alam Khandaker with ‘Elephant’ symbols in the polls.
This election would be an acid test for the commission and the government as people and different political parties would observe the role of the commission, administration and law enforcers.
We think the commission itself is strong, capable, and independent for holding poll as it has already conducted many polls in fair and transparent manner. The commission has completed all necessary preparations to hold the polls in a free, fair and credible manner.
However, various vested quarters in association with Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which did not field any candidate for mayoral post, is now engaged in making the NCC polls controversial in many ways.But the people of Narayanganj city have not been confused by BNP’s propaganda as people living there believe that the party’s only work is to spark controversy on a particular issue which is nothing but to create a political confusion.
Therefore, we believe the polls will be held without clashes and any kind of mismanagement in Narayanganj as the commission has taken proper measures to hold the poll in a free, fair and impartial manner. Apart from the commission, the government will be extending all-out cooperation to the commission in holding elections in a free, fair and peaceful manner and ensuring law and order situation in the city.
The local government elections strengthen the pillars of democracy at the grassroots, increase scopes of accountability. Therefore, we hope that the election commission and the government would do everything possible to ensure NCC elections are held peacefully, fairly, freely and impartially.