The deadline for the withdrawal of candidature in 98 upazilas of 40 districts expired at 5pm on Monday.
With the expiry of the deadline, now the number of contenders stands at 1,669 against 294 posts of chairman, vice chairman and vice chairman reserved for women in the upazilas.
Of them, 663 are chairman candidates, 634 vice chairman contenders and 372 vice chairman (reserved) candidates in the first phase of election in 98 upazila parishads, billed for February 19.
On January 19, the EC announced the first phase of election schedule for the upazilas.
Besides, the commission on January 23 declared the second phase of election schedule for more 117 upazilas fixing the voting for February 27.
Out of the country’s 487 upazila parishads, the commission will arrange the staggered polls in nearly 480 upazilas before June next.
Source: UNB Connect