Sunday, December 28, 2008

Candidates go door-to-door

Last-minute Campaign In Rajshahi

Rajshahi city and nine upazilas under six constituencies were rocking with last-minute hectic campaign of the candidates yesterday who are competing the general elections tomorrow.The candidates made door-to-door visits since early morning, while their supporters brought out a number of processions and held rallies throughout the day making a carnival atmosphere everywhere.The runners as well as electorates hoped for peaceful holding of the elections, although some of them expressed suspicions of sabotage and some expressed a strong a preference for 'no' vote.The administration, however, has taken a three-tier security measure so that people can vote for their competent candidates in a peaceful atmosphere.In the district, the main focus will be on Rajshahi-2 constituency where grand alliance candidate Fazle Hossain Badsha will take on former BNP lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Minu.Talking to newsmen, Minu said, “The role this government is playing against the four-party alliance has created doubts,” adding that the elections would be held in a free, fair and peaceful way.He further said that the election campaign this year was not spontaneous due to the new electoral laws.Badsha said Rajshahi was never a peaceful area. “Rajshahi was at the top in terms of rising militancy which took place countrywide during the corrupt BNP-Jamaat rule. There are threats from extremists. So, we demanded enough security measures.”Grand alliance held a huge meeting at Bhubon Mohon Park in the city, while four-party alliance held processions and meetings at different points as part of their election campaign.Different cultural organisations staged short plays and performed traditional Gambhira and folk songs at different city points all day long to seek votes for grand alliance candidates and rejecting war criminals.Returning Officer Shefaul Karim told reporters that the Election Commission's preparation for holding the elections in a free, fair and secured atmosphere is complete. He said a three-tier security measure would work on the election day to ensure a huge turnout of voters.According to the new electoral roll, the number of women voters is higher than males in Rajshahi. The total number of voters this year stands at 15,70,848, while female voters are 8,00,256.Additional security measures have been beefed up at 356 important polling centres out of 551 centres in the district to stave off any untoward incidents.

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