Thursday, May 15, 2008

129 polling centres; Politicos start opening offices


Rajshahi election office yesterday published a list of 129 probable polling centers in Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) areas. There were 130 centers in the previous list.

In the new list, earlier two polling centers at Rajshahi University School have been merged into one.

The earlier center at Madar Bux Home Economic College has been shifted to Chandipur Government Primary School.

According to sources at election office, the list will be hung at election offices at divisional, district and upazila levels and at the office of RCC executive officer till May 19.

Within the period, people can lodge their objections, if any, regarding the vote centers, the sources said.

The number of voters in RCC area now stands at 2,58,650-- 15,478 less than 2,74,128 in the earlier voter list.

Deputy Election Commissioner Sayed Muhammad Musa said Rajshahi is the first metropolitan city in the country to have a list of probable polling centers.
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Leaders and workers of political parties across the country started gathering at party offices with cautious enthusiasm yesterday as the news of countrywide lifting of the ban on indoor politics spread.

Some jubilant political leaders however were seen hugging each other and exchanging sweets.

Leaders of BNP and Awami League (AL) started chalking out political programmes demanding release of two former premiers and their party chiefs, Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina, and were waiting for instructions from their central leaderships.

Presence of BNP and Jamaat leaders and activists were, however, thin at some local party offices.

Due to many frontline BNP leaders being in jail or in hiding to evade arrest, some BNP leaders who are still free said they will observe the situation for sometime and then announce their next course of action.

Our staff correspondent from Rajshahi reported that AL workers there started gathering at the city office in Kumarpara around 6:00pm while BNP, Jatiya Party (JP) and Jamaat refrained from any activity.

There is no BNP office in Rajshahi now as the ones the party had earlier were evacuated for being illegally set up.

Rajshahi City BNP President Mosaddek Hossain said they will rent an office soon after observing the situation for a few days and they will submit a memorandum to the authorities and go on a hunger strike on Friday demanding release of their chief Khaleda Zia.

Jatiya Party and Jamaat offices there were seen closed yesterday evening.

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