Delowar Hossain, Regional Election Officer and Returning Officer of Rajshahi City Corporation elections distributed election Symbols among the candidates of RCC elections at District Shilpakala Academy from 10-00 AM to 1-00 PM on Friday.
The symbols were at first distributed among ward level candidates and among Reserved Women seats candidates. The symbol for a single candidate was distributed according to his/her choice but in case of more candidates demanding the same symbol, the lottery was held to determine the offer of the symbol.
During the allocation of the symbol, enthusiastic candidates arrived at the District Shilpakala Academy with their supporters chanting slogans and also returned with the symbol by chanting slogans, some even blowing flutes (Vuvuzela). The symbols of Mayoral candidates were distributed in the last phase.
At first, AL nominated Mayoral candidate AHM Khairuzzaman was allocated the party symbol 'Boat', later, Murshid Alam of Islami Andolon Bangladesh was offered the 'Hand Fan' symbol, AKM Anowar Hossain of Zaker Party was offered the 'Rose' symbol and Saiful Islam, candidate of Jatiya Party was offered the ' Plough' symbol.
In the aftermath of the allocation of the symbol, posters, banners and symbols of respective party candidates were seen to paste and hang in the city.
Murshid Alam, IAB candidate expressed his anger at the pasting of posters of AL candidate AHM Khairuzzaman Liton in various places of the city before the allocation of the symbols.
Zaker party candidate AKM Anowar Hossain said, the votes of RCC will be held through EVM ( Electronics Voting Machine) but no training for voters to use EVM has yet been given. Even, he mentioned, he himself is yet unaware of the procedure of casting votes through EVM.
Saiful Islam Swopon of JP informed the overall situation of elections is still satisfactory and he hoped, the elections of RCC will be held peacefully and successfully. He also mentioned that many candidates were seen to violate the election codes but JP will never violate the election rules and codes.
AL Mayoral candidate AHM Khairuzzaman Liton said,' Today I received the election symbol. Now, we will formally start our election campaign'. Regarding pasting the posters of his candidature before the distribution of election symbols, he mentioned, he has no idea about the complaint. He also said, he did not watch any such poster on the way of coming to the District Shilpakala Academy. Delowar Hossain Returning Officer informed,' 10 Magistrates have been deputed to ensure observe election rules and codes by the candidates and we are working for holding a peaceful, neutral election. Regarding the pasting of posters before the allocation of the symbol, he mentioned no one has submitted any written complaint to him in this connection. Our on duty magistrates will take action if such posters and seen.'
The elections of RCC will be held on June-21. Four candidates are contesting for the Mayor post and 46 candidates are contesting for 10 women-reserved seats and 112 are contesting for 30 seats of ward councillors. All votes will be held through EVMs.