Voting underway at a polling center in Jatrabari Ideal School and College on 17 October
Voting underway at a polling center in Jatrabari Ideal School and College on 17 OctoberTanvir Ahmed





Voting in the by-elections to Dhaka-5 and Naogaon-6 constituencies is underway on Saturday through electronic voting machines (EVMs) instead of traditional ballot papers, reports UNB.



Two major political parties --Bangladesh Awami League and BNP are participating in the by-polls.



The voting inthe by-polls started around 9:00am and will continue till 5:00pm without any break.



In the Dhaka-5 constituency, six MP candidates, including Md Kazi Monirul Islam nominated by AL and Salauddin Ahmed nominated by BNP are there in the electoral race.








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The four other contenders are Mir Abdus Sabir of Jatiya Party, HM Ibrahim Bhuiyan of Gano Front, Md Arifur Rahman of NPP and Md Ansar Hossain Sikdar of Bangladesh Congress



A total of 4,71,129 voters --2,41,464 men and 229665 women - are expected to exercise their voting rights under 187 polling stations in the parliamentary seat comprised of 14 wards ( 48-50, 60-70) of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) in Demra and Motijheel police stations.



In the Naogaon-6 Constituency, three MP contenders -Md Anwar Hossain (Helal) of AL, Sheikh Md Rezaul Islam of BNP and Md Khandkar Intekhab Alam of NPP-are there in the polls race.



A total of 3,06,725 voters -1,53,758 men and 1,52,967 women - are expected to vote under 104 polling stations in the constituency comprising Raninagar and Atrai upazilas.



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The Dhaka-5 fell vacant following the death of Awami League MP Habibur Rahman Mollah on 6 May while that of Nagaon-6 following the demise of AL MP Israfil Alam on 27 July.



On 3 September last, the election commission announced the by-election schedules for the two parliamentary constituencies.