Deputy Speaker Advocate Shamsul Haque Tuku, the Awami League-nominated boat symbol candidate of Pabna-1 (part of Santhia-Bera) constituency, exercised his right to vote at Vishalika Government Primary School polling station in Bera Upazila of his constituency on Sunday.
Abdul Wahab, the presiding officer of the polling station, said that at 8:10 in the morning, the candidate of the boat symbol, Advocate Shamsul Haque Tuku, exercised his right to vote. He said that polling started from 8 am in a peaceful atmosphere. Separate polling booths for men and women have been set up in two separate buildings in this centre. Voters have been queuing up to vote since morning. There is severe cold and thick fog. Voter turnout will increase as time progresses.
Advocate Shamsul Haque Tuku said in a response to journalists at the center after the exercise of voting rights, ‘I cast my vote in the mood of the festival. Spontaneous voting has started with public participation. I hope the victory of the boat will be confirmed.’
Earlier, the ballot papers reached the polling stations from dawn as per the predetermined decision of the Election Commission (EC). The total number of voters in the five constituencies of Pabna is 21 lakh 34 thousand 289 people. 10 lakh 80 thousand 796 male voters. 10 lakh 53 thousand women voters. Total polling stations are 701 and total polling booths are 4,627.
27 Executive Magistrates and 11 Judicial Magistrates are engaged for the smooth completion of the elections.
Apart from this, 40 army personnel, 80 Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel and 330 BGB personnel (15 platoons) are working in each upazila under the leadership of five officials of the Election Investigation Committee. Also, 1,870 policemen and 8,412 Ansar members are engaged in security.
A total of 10,766 law enforcement personnel have been deployed in Pabna around this election.