Comilla City vote ended with two obstacles

No major incidents such as center grabbing or influence took place during the polls. There was no backlash from the mayoral or councilor candidates.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The reverse picture of these election-centric environments has been seen in the Comilla City Corporation elections. The whole time the vote was peaceful except for one or two isolated incidents. Voting began at 8 a.m. Wednesday. It ended at four in the afternoon. At this time, however, two major disruptions occurred. One is natural, the other is mechanical. Voting has slowed down for two reasons. And the festive mood among the voters was not so noticeable.

It started raining at around 9 in the morning. The vote was disrupted at one point. There have been complaints of slow voting due to EVMs in various centers throughout the day. Ruling party and opposition candidates have also spoken out.

This is the third election of Comilla City Corporation. EVM voting was held in 640 booths of 105 polling stations. The total number of voters in 26 wards was 2 lakh 29 thousand 920.

Speaking to the presiding officers in charge of the polling stations, it was learned that an average of 36 per cent votes were cast in seven centers till 12 noon. However, Chauara Girls High School and Chauara Islamia Fazil Madrasa got 44 percent votes in both the centers. Out of these, at least 30 percent of the votes were cast in Dhanaitari Government Primary School.

Voters had to wait for hours at various centers due to the slow pace of polling. However, an exception has been seen in the men’s center of Tarapaiya Government Primary School in Ward No. 25.

Enamul Haque Khan, presiding officer in charge of the center, told Prothom Alo that the pressure from voters had been high since morning. About 50 percent of the votes were cast by 12 noon. There are 1,096 voters in this center.

Five candidates are contesting for the post of mayor in Comilla city election this time. Comilla Metropolitan Awami League general secretary Arfanul Haque (Rifat) is competing with the boat symbol. Monirul Haque (Sakku), who was expelled from the BNP and the recently departed mayor of the city, is fighting as an independent candidate with a table clock.

Independent candidate Monirul Haque cast his vote in the election at around 9.15 am today. “The voting environment is good,” he said. However, he complained that voting in EVMs was slow.

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