Turnout low in Dhaka
Polling postponed at 150 centresNew Age Online
Voting in the eight constituencies of the capital Dhaka began at 8:00am Sunday, amid lower presence of the voters.
Our correspondent reported quoting Returning Officers in capital who said there was no incident of violence till filing this report at 11:30am.
A total of only 154 votes have been cast in BAF Shaheen College, Tejgaon polling centre as against 2, 860 votes till 2:00pm. The centre houses six polling booths, four for male and two for female franchisers.
Bangladesh Air Force chief Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari cast his vote here along with other family members.
None of the three contestants visited the centre till 2:30 pm.
New voters of this centre were disappointed due to lower presence of the voters.
Senior voters said they did not witness such a situation before.
There was hardly any queue seen in any polling centre of Gulshan, Banani and Uttara till 1:00 pm.
In that constituency, Abdul Latif Malik, backed by Jatiya Party has been contesting with bicycle symbol, while independent candidate MA Hannan Mridha fighting with football symbol, and Bangladesh Nationalists Front (BNF) Chairman Abul Kalam Azad with television symbol.
A total of 15 votes were cast in ten centres, till 8:30 am at the polling centre of Adarsha High School Mirpur that has a total 10 polling centers.
No women voters cast their vote at three respective centres (94, 96 and 97) till 8:30 am.
Mamunur Rashid, Returning Officer of Haji Yousuf Ali Government Primary School in Kazipara said a total two votes were cast in five booths against 2,006 votes.
Returning Officers have postponed at least 150 polling stations across the country amid violence. The country has more than 18,000 centers this time.
Election Commission said they received information of postponing 150 polling stations countrywide.
Meanwhile, the communications and railways minister Obaidul Qauder has said the voting is going on almost peacefully across the country with sporadic incident.
‘The polling is held free, fair and neutral manner, till now,’ he said while addressing a briefing at AL president's Dhanmondi office this morning.
Obaidul Qauder, also an AL presidium member said the presence of voters will increase gradually as the time progresses.
On oppositions’ efforts to resist the polls, the influential AL leader said those who called for boycotting polls from home and abroad will be frustrated in the end of the day.
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