Dhaka 5, Naogaon 6 by-polls: AL dominates poll centres
Hossen Sohel for DOT
 The voting in the by-polls to two parliamentary constituencies — Dhaka 5 and Naogaon 6 started at 9am on Saturday and continued till 5pm without break, reported Daily Bangladesh, Dhaka Tribune.
 Voters exercised their franchise through electronic voting machines (EVMs) instead of traditional ballot papers.
 In the Dhaka 5 constituency, six MP candidates, including Md Kazi Monirul Islam Monu nominated by Awami League and Salauddin Ahmed nominated by BNP, contested in the electoral race.
 In an immediate reaction after casting his ballot at Jatrabari Ideal School and College centre, Awami League aspirant Monu said the voting was going smoothly. “I am optimistic about winning the polls,” he added.  On the other hand, BNP candidate Salauddin brought allegations of irregularities and claimed his agents were driven out from most of the polling centres.
 Four other contenders of the Dhaka 5 by-polls are Mir Abdus Sabir from Jatiya Party, HM Ibrahim Bhuiyan from Gano Front, Md Arifur Rahman from NPP, and Md Ansar Hossain Sikdar from Bangladesh Congress.
 A total of 471,129 voters — 241,464 men and 229,665 women — were expected to exercise their voting rights in 187 polling stations of the parliamentary seat comprising 14 wards of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
 Meanwhile, in the Naogaon 6 Constituency, three MP contenders — Anwar Hossain Helal of Awami League, Sheikh Md Rezaul Islam of BNP, and Khandkar Intekhab Alam of NPP — contested in the polls race.
A total of 306,725 voters — 153,758 men and 152,967 women — were expected to vote in 104 polling stations of the constituency comprised of Raninagar and Atrai upazilas.
Awami League candidate Anwar Hossain cast his vote at Raninagar Government Pilot Model High School centre and expressed his satisfaction with the voting environment.
“I am 100% hopeful about the victory,” he said.
Dhaka 5 constituency fell vacant following the death of Awami League MP Habibur Rahman Mollah on May 6, while that of Naogaon 6 following the demise of another Awami League MP Israfil Alam on July 27.
On August 23, the Election Commission set October 17 for the by-polls to the two parliamentary constituencies.