NARAYANGANJ, Nov 24 (UNB): Awami League (AL)-backed mayoral candidate Selina Hayat Ivy and BNP-blessed Sakhawat Hossain Khan submitted their nomination papers on Thursday to contest the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls, with Sakhawat seeking army deployment during the voting while Ivy saying 'no'.
Sakhawat Hossain, along with senior leaders of the city unit, went to the district Election Commission (EC) office around 12:00 pm and submitted his nomination paper.
"Deployment of Army is essential to ensure a 'level-playing field' in the upcoming election," said Sakhawat while talking to journalists after submitting his paper.
He also urged the district administration to withdraw its 'corrupt officials' ahead of the election.
AL picked Selina Hayat Ivy while BNP Sakhawat Hossain Khan to contest the December 22 polls as their mayoral candidates.
Another BSS report adds: There is no need for army deployment in the December 22 polls of NCC, said AL' mayor candidate Selina Hayat Ivy on Thursday.
Ivy made the remark while talking to journalists after submitting her nomination paper to the returning officer at the EC office in the district.
The day was deadline for submission of nomination papers, which would be scrutinised on November 26 and 27.
The last date for withdrawal of nomination is December 4.
A total of nine mayoral aspirants have submitted their nomination papers to run the NCC polls.
Besides, a total of 213 counicllor hopefuls have submitted nominations to the returning officer within the deadline that expired on Thursday.
Of them, nine aspirants will vie for the mayoral post while 175 for 27 general councillor posts and 38 women councillor aspirants for nine reserved seats in the city corporation election. The nomination papers will be scrutinised on Saturday and Sunday while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 4.
In the NCC polls, a total of 479,392 voters -- 241,514 men and 237,878 women--are expected to exercise their franchise to elect a city mayor, 27 ward councillors and nine women councillors from reserved seats.