DMP imposes restrictions on vehicular movement for polls

12th parliamentary election
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The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed some restrictions on vehicular movement with a view to holding the 7 January parliamentary election in a free, fair and peaceful manner.

According to a media release signed by DMP commissioner Habibur Rahman on Thursday evening restrictions have been imposed on the movement of taxi cabs, pickups, microbuses, trucks and so on in Dhaka metropolitan area from 12:00am on 6 January to midnight on 7 January ahead of the national election.

At the same time, a ban has also been imposed on the movement of motorcycles from midnight on 5 January to midnight on 8 January, reads the release.

The restrictions will be relaxed on the issues mentioned below:

1. The vehicles carrying law enforcement agencies, armed forces, administration and permitted observers.

2. Vehicles engaged in emergency services and all types of vehicles carrying medicines, health-medical and similar goods and newspapers.

3. Vehicles used for going to the airport for relatives, passengers or relatives from the airport to their own residence or relatives' homes (showing tickets or similar proof) and any vehicle for local level travel as well as long-route passengers.

4. One car each (jeep, car, microbus, etc.) for the candidate contesting in the election and his election agent upon showing proper appointment letter or identity card and permission to ply on the vehicle subject to sticker display.

5. Allowing movement of journalists, observers or motorcycles used for emergency work with the approval of the returning officer.

6. Permission to ply motorcycles for election officials or employees or any other person engaged in election work with the approval of the Election Commission;

7. Vehicles engaged in the assistance of voters with disabilities.

8. Restrictions will be relaxed on important roads, highways and connecting main roads for exit or entry from Dhaka metropolis or all such roads.