Balloting in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election began at 8am Tuesday amid tight security and a festive mood.
Election Commission sources said the polling started on schedule at all the centers simultaneously. The voting will continue till 4pm without any break.
Five candidates are contesting for the KCC mayor post. Of them, Awami League backed candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque and BNP backed candidate Nazrul Islam Monju are the front runners.
A total of 289 polling stations with 1,561 booths have been set up for casting votes where 4,572 presiding, assistant presiding and polling officers were deployed. Of the centres, 234 have been considered as vulnerable.
The number of voters in KCC is 4, 93,093. Of them, 2, 44,107 are females and 2, 48,986 males. A total of 148 candidates are vying for 31 councilor posts while 39 for 10 women councilor posts (reserved) in the city corporation.
With the start of the balloting, the voters are seen rushing to the respective polling stations to exercise their right to franchise.
A good number of voters expressed their satisfaction over the peaceful polling environment in the city.
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