Chattogram-10 by-polls underway amid thin presence of voters

Voting of Chattogram-10 by-polls began this morning amid a thin presence of voters.

The voting My News Bangladeshted at 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm without any break, reports our local correspondent.

Ruling Awami League candidate Mohiuddin Bachchu cast his vote at New Tigerpass Government Primary School at 8:20am. Around 8.30am, 10-12 voters were seen standing in queues at the centre.

Nazmul Huda, presiding officer of the centre, said, “There are 2,319 voters in six booths in the centre. However, very few voters have come to the polling station so far.”

Meanwhile in Shahid Nagar City Corporation Girls High School, three polling centres were set up. Around 50 voters out of 3,198 cast their votes in the first one hour, said Md Atikur Rahman, presiding officer of the centre.

In Lalkhan Bazar Jamiyatul Ulum Al Islamia Madrasa centre, only 30 votes were cast of 2,516 votes till 9:00am, said Assistant Presiding Officer Mozzamel Hoque.

In Nasirabad Government Women College, 72 votes were cast out of 3,816 voters. On-duty officials were seen talking with each other as the voter presence was low in the first hour.

Voting is being conducted through electronic voting machines. According to Election Commission sources, voting is being held in 201 booths in 156 polling stations.

Jahangir Hossain, senior election officer of Chattogram district, told The My News, “Out of the centres, 59 have been identified as important.”

He said 16 members of law enforcement agencies will be deployed in each important centre and 15 members in the general centres.

Five candidates, including one independent candidate, are contesting the by-election.

The seat, previously held by AL lawmaker Afsarul Ameen, became vacant after the politician passed away last month while receiving treatment at a private hospital in the capital.

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