Candidates begin election campaign

The election campaign for two city corporations in Dhaka started on Friday after distribution of the electoral symbol from the election commission. Candidates from different political parties have started their election campaign seeking vote and distributing leaflets. Awami League nominated mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Atiqul Islam started his campaign after completing his prayer at Central Mosque of Uttara Sector number 4 in the capital.

During the campaign, Atiqul Islam said, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has awarded me by giving ‘Boat’ symbol. Boat is the symbol of independence. If you [people] support me, give vote to boat and elect me as mayor, I will fulfil the expectation of the people.” He also said, “We have to work 365 days to prevent dengue. To build a modern, humane, dynamic city, vote for the boat on January 30. I want to work for the people. I don't like to stay away from work. I want to build Dhaka as a modern city with you.”

He further said, “Awami League does not believe in speech only, but in work. I want to work too. The boat has no back gear. The boat's gear is one, which is front gear. The boat has the gear of development.” Besides, Awami League mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh started his election campaign through seeking vote on Friday noon.

Taposh started his election campaign from Demra area under DSCC ward no 63. Then, he went to different areas of ward number 66, ward number 68 and ward number 70 under DSCC. During the campaign Taposh said, “I want to make Dhaka safe and livable for all. If I am elected as a mayor, I will make Nagar Bhaban as the building of ordinary people.”

He also sought vote by distributing leaflets. According to the election code of conducts, the prime minister, speakers, ministers, chief whip, deputy speaker, opposition leader, deputy leader of parliament, deputy opposition leader, state ministers and similar ranked people, members of parliament and mayors of the city corporations cannot participate in campaign activities. The polling to the two city corporations is scheduled on January 30.