Ballot papers and other electoral materials will be delivered to 13 districts in the first phase of the upcoming 12th National Assembly elections from tomorrow.
In the first phase, the 13 districts where the ballot papers will go are Panchagarh, Gaibandha, Meherpur, Kushtia, Magura, Rangamati, Joypurhat, Chapainawabganj, Jhalkathi, Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali and Netrakona.
This information is known from a letter signed by EC Senior Assistant Secretary Muhammad Enam Uddin to all Deputy Commissioners and Returning Officers on Sunday. The Election Commission (EC) has requested transportation of ballot papers and postal ballot papers in covered vans for security purposes.
According to the letter, the ballot paper, postal ballot paper, postal ballot paper related forms and stamp pad will be distributed on December 25 from Government Printing Press, BG Press and Bangladesh Security Printing Press along with the respective returning officer. However, if there are other complications related to the case in any constituency, the date of distribution of ballot paper of the respective district may be changed.
To receive ballot paper, postal ballot paper, forms and stamp pads related to postal ballot paper to the Senior District/District Election Officer or any other officer (Assistant Commissioner/Senior Assistant Commissioner) following Circular-14 with required number of security letters in two copies. All Returning Officers are requested to send it to the concerned press along with the forces. Apart from this, EC sources said that for the sake of security, ballot papers and postal ballot papers are also requested to be transported in covered vans.
It is said in the letter, for receiving ballot paper and postal ballot paper, the returning officer authorized officer will collect the challan from the purchase and printing wing of the Election Commission Secretariat from 9 am on December 25 and collect the stamp pad from the godown of the election building. This officer will bring along the list of competing candidates of the respective constituencies and personally check the ballot paper and postal ballot paper after verifying the correctness of the name and symbol of the competing candidate and the number of voters. Besides, concerned officials coming to collect ballot paper and postal ballot paper are requested to carry official identity card with them.
The letter said that ballot paper, postal ballot paper, forms related to postal ballot paper and stamp pad after reaching the district should be kept at the treasury branch in the concerned district commissioner’s office and security should be ensured at all times. It is also requested to check the ballot paper and postal ballot paper after reaching the office of the concerned Returning Officer and inform immediately and take necessary action if any discrepancy is found.