Staff Reporter | Update: 2020-03-22 11:36:37
Awami League and BNP's two mayoral candidates thanked the Election Commission for delaying the Chittagong City Corporation election amid mounting outbreak of Novel Coronavirus. They also considered it a timely decision.
Awami League-nominated mayor M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said, "The outbreak of coronavirus is not eradication, people are bigger. The Election Commission has decided on all considerations. I welcome this decision. ”
Rezaul Karim said it was a timely decision because of the panic spread among the general public about the coronavirus.
On the other hand, Shahadat Hossain, the mayor of the BNP, welcomed the Election Commission's decision and said, "Naturally there was a demand of the people. Why they will be at health risk.
“The vote is Manus' constitutional right. The World Health Organization has identified coronavirus infection as an epidemic. There was a need to pursue elections to reduce health risks. Of late, I thank the Election Commission for their understanding. ”
Doctor Shahadat commented that the coronavirus now needs to be tackled irrespective of group.
After the postponement of the elections, councilor candidate of Andarkhila ward No.32, Zahor Lal Hazari said, “I applaud this decision. Now our job is to make people aware.
"Traders tell you not to raise consumer prices. Tell the locals that you stay clean. We will always work to keep the area clean with the attendants. Our moral responsibility now lies with the people. "
Zahar Lal Hazari said, "Residents of my area will tell you not to go to any public gathering unnecessarily. Call me with any need. I will try to help as much as I can. ”
Voters relaxed as the vote was postponed.
Shampa Chakraborty, a school teacher in Patharghata area of the city, said, "Voting can not be bigger than people's lives. The Department of Health has suggested avoiding public meetings. Moreover, voting in the EVM meant that someone with the disease was actually suspected of infection. It's been good to postpone. "
Halishahar area resident said. Mamunul Islam said, "The election needs to be postponed even further. Many of the candidates have made public connections in these days. Went home Yesterday, the Election Commission also trained voting officers. This would not have happened if I had decided earlier. ”
Voting in the by-elections in Dhaka-10, Gaibandha-3 and Bagerhat-4 constituencies on Saturday.
The Election Commission announced the postponement of the by-elections in the Bogra-1, Jessore-6 parliamentary seats along with the Chittagong City Corporation election on 29th March .
After the global pandemic caused by coronavirus-19 disease caused by the coronavirus infection, the demand was postponed until Bangladesh was diagnosed with the disease.
The Health Department also said that there is a risk of transmission in electronic voting machines (EVMs) receiving votes.
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