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PV Desk : The Election Commission (EC) has completed all necessary preparations to hold the elections to Gazipur City Corporation tomorrow.

“All necessary preparations have already been taken to hold the elections in a free, fair and peaceful manner,” EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmad told today.

The elections will be held from 8 am to 4 pm without any break, he said, adding that general holiday has been announced on Tuesday in the city corporation area and all factories and industries, including garments, in the area will remain closed on the day.

According to Returning Officer’s office, a total of 345 candidates, including seven for mayoral post, 254 for councilor posts, 83 for reserved posts for women, are vying in the polls while 11,37,736 voters will exercise their franchises at 425 polling stations in 57 wards across the city corporation area.

The mayor candidates are ruling Awami League nominated Md Jahangir Alam, BNP nominated Hasan Uddin Sarker, Islami Oikkya Jote nominated Fazlur Rahman (Minar), Islami Andolan Bangladesh nominated Md Nasir Uddin, Bangladesh Islami Front nominated Md Jalal Uddin, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) nominated Md Ruhul Amin and independent candidate Farid Ahmed.

According to the EC, for the first time, the EC has taken an initiative to inform about the situation of polling stations immediately. The presiding officers will inform the EC Secretariat about overall situation of their respective voting centres through SMS in every two hours.