Election campaign began in all nine upazilas of Khulna from Thursday afternoon after 26 candidates received symbols for chairman posts, 43 for vice-chairmen posts and 36 for women-vice-chairman posts from the Returning Officer at the deputy commissioner's office. Of them, two AL chairman candidates of Batiaghata and Phultala upazila parishad and one AL vice - chairman candidate of Dakop upazila are going to be elected unopposed as opponent AL rival candidates withdrew their candidacy yesterday, last day of nomination paper withdrawal.
They are Akram Hossain and Ashraful Alam Khan, incumbent upazila chairmen of Phultala and Batiaghata upazila parishad, and Gauranga Prasad Roy, AL leader of Dakop upazila, confirmed Ziaur Rahman, Returning officer who is also additional deputy commissioner (General) of Khulna.
At least 7 AL candidates with 'boat symbol', 12 AL rivals and 5 from different parties are contesting for chairmen posts while 42 for vice-chairman and 36 for women vice-chairmen posts are contesting in nine upazila parishad of Khulna. The fourth phase upazila parishad election will be held in all nine upazila in Khulna on March 31.
---Md Ekramul Kabir, Khulna
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