Cumilla city polls underway

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Cumilla, June 15: Voting to 27 wards in Cumilla City Corporation is underway. Voting began at 8am on Wednesday and will continue till 4pm.

This is the major first election under the new Election Commission led by Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal.

As many as 229,920 voters will exercise their rights to franchise at the 105 polling centres through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Long queues of voters were been seen at the polling centres since early morning.

Arfanul Haque Rifat is the mayoral nominee of the ruling Awami League while his main rival former BNP leader Monirul Haque Sakku is contesting without party backing.

Sakku, immediate past mayor of the Cumilla city was expelled by BNP for taking part in the polls.

This is the third city corporation polls being held in Comilla since its formation in 2012. The first election of this city corporation was held on January 5, 2012 and the second election of the city was held on March 30, 2017.

The local government polls including voting to five municipalities, Upazila Parishads and Union Parishads are also underway.