PV Desk : Voting is underway in the by-election to the Chattogram-8 parliamentary seat which fell vacant after the death of JSD leader Moinuddin Khan Badal.
Polls opened simultaneously in 170 voting centres across Boalkhali Upazila and the port city at 9 am on Monday. Electronic voting machines or EVMs are being used at the election.
Over 450,000 voters will cast ballots for a new representative in parliament until 5 pm.According to Returning Officer Hasanuzzaman, all necessary preparations have been made to ensure a fair election. He is hopeful of a high voter-turnout to make it a ‘representative election’.
The Chattogram-8 constituency comprises the Boalkhali Upazila and parts of Chattogram city’s Chandgaon and Bayezid areas.Six candidates are vying for the seat but the election is expected to boil down to a contest between the Awami League’s Moslem Uddin Ahmed and the BNP’s Abu Sufiyan.