Elections to 14 upazila parishads and four municipalities under different districts has started under the newly formed Election Commission headed by KM Nurul Huda.
Polling is being held in three upazilas for the posts of chairman, vice-chairman and vice-chairman (woman reserve seat) while by-polls in 11 upazilas for vacant posts.
The Election Commission (EC) has taken adequate security measures to peacefully arrange the local government polls at 862 polling centers in 50 districts.
The balloting began 8:00 am on Monday and will continue till 4:00pm without any break.
A total of 66 candidates are contesting the polls while 22,70,561 people will cast their vote, EC sources said.
EC secretary Muhammad Abdullah told newsmen that the new commission led by KM Nurul Huda has taken adequate security measures to hold the polls peacefully.
“Five election commissioners visited different polling areas and held meeting with the officials of law enforcing agencies,” he added.
The EC secretary said that they are all prepared to hold the elections. “The commission will do everything in holding the elections peacefully,”
Election environment remains normal as no untoward incident has taken place in the polling areas, Abdullah said adding that the commission held special meeting with local administrations to prevent any vote rigging the night before voting day.
Members of different law-enforcing agencies, including Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), were deployed in the polling areas.
They will stay there for four days.
The EC has set up law enforcement coordination cell at its secretariat to monitor the election.
The cell will inform the EC of law and order situation of the polling areas, an EC source said.
Four executive magistrates and a judicial magistrate have been appointed for election to three upazila parishads for three posts while two executive magistrates and a judicial magistrate in each upazila where by-polls will be held, said election officials.