Foreign Secretary Masood bin Momen said that the general situation of the polls is fine. He said that maybe the voter turnout in Dhaka is a little less because of the morning. However, the voter turnout is higher outside Dhaka.
Masun Bin Momen said this to the journalists after voting at the Dhaka Teachers Training College in the capital on Sunday morning.
Momen said, foreign observers, including the media, can observe the vote spontaneously. Besides, the polling environment is also peaceful.
127 foreign observers are monitoring the polls in Dhaka and outside Dhaka. They are more concerned about the process of voting than voter turnout, the foreign secretary said.
Voting for the 12th National Assembly election has started from 8 am. It will continue till 4 pm.
There are 42 thousand 24 centers in this election. There are 260 thousand 856 polling booths. More than 200,000 election officers will perform duties in the election, starting from the returning officer to the polling officer.
Among them are 66 returning officers, 590 assistant returning officers and more than 42 thousand presiding officers.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal announced the schedule of the 12th National Assembly elections on November 15. According to the schedule, the last date for filing nomination papers was last November 30. Nominations were collected from 1st to 4th December. And the appeal against the decision of the Returning Officer was filed from 6 to 15 December.
Besides, the deadline for withdrawal of candidature was December 17. And the symbol was allotted on 18 December. The candidates started campaigning that day. After that, the campaign continued till 8 am last Friday.
Out of the 44 parties registered by the Election Commission (EC), 28 parties are participating in this election. Other like-minded parties including BNP are not participating.