Five mayoral candidates of the upcoming Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election yesterday promised that they will not misuse power and work for curbing corruption, violence against women and drug abuse if they are elected.
They also committed themselves to accepting the election results if it is held in a transparent manner.
The candidates -- Talukder Abdul Khaleque of Awami League, Nazrul Islam Monju of BNP, Mizanur Rahman Babu of Communist Party of Bangladesh, Shafiqul Islam of Jatiya Party and Md Mozammel of Islami Andolon Bangladesh -- made the pledges from the same stage at the city's Shaheed Hadis Park.
Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan), a civil society platform, organised the programme titled “Jonogoner Mukhomukhi” [Face to face with the people].
At the programme, voters asked the five candidates various questions on how they will resolve the city's problems including waterlogging, recovering of canals, abuse of drugs and dilapidated condition of roads.
In reply, the candidates said they will launch various projects.
All five candidates pledged to follow the electoral code of conduct and not to influence the election process.
They also promised that they will work against violence and black money and will turn the KCC into a corruption-free office.
Other issues like stalking, child marriage, dowry, rape and crimes were also raised by the audience.
Shujan Secretary Badiul Alam Majumder conducted the programme.
He sought promises from the voters that they would vote for candidates with clean image who are not involved in corruption and crimes.
In Gazipur, Returning Officer Rakib Uddin Mondol said police will have to consult with them before carrying out any drive before the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election.
He was talking to reporters at his office in the city.
Rakib said he will talk to the deputy commissioner and the district police superintendent in this regard.
Asked whether the arrest of 45 Jamaat leaders including its district ameer is tantamount to the interference in the election atmosphere, he said they are investigating the matter.
Election to Khulna and Gazipur city corporations are scheduled to be held on May 15.
KCC is formed with 31 general wards and 10 reserved wards with around 4.93 lakh voters. GCC is formed with 57 general wards and 19 reserved wards with around 11.64 lakh voters.