Army troops will move out for some
remote areas from Monday for upazila
election duties across the country and start their operation from January 20,
two days ahead of the important local polls.
The troops will remain in field
level until January 24, two days after the voting, and work as striking force
according to the directions of officials concerned, official sources said.
As per the decision made by the Election Commission, the army would not have
magistracy power during their field operation.
The EC sources said army would stay in all upazila headquarters and take
immediate step necessary if they see any situation that may disrupt the polls.
"The Election Commission is fully committed to holding the local-body
polls as free, fair and influence-free elections," Election Commissioner
Brig Gen (rtd) M Sakhawat Hossain has said.
Meanwhile, judicial magistrates
have been conducting their operation in the upazila levels since January 16 to
do the spadework for smooth holding of the elections, barely three weeks of the
crucial general election that put an end to a two-ear interim regime.