Election Commission Secretary Md Alamgir on Monday said the first phase municipal election was held successfully.
"The election has been held in a fair and peaceful manner. The election has been successful," the senior secretary told reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
In the first phase, polls to 24 municipalities were held on Monday.
Referring to media reports and field-level reports, Md Alamgir said the voter turnout was much better and the election was held peacefully in all places.
Replying to a question, he said the turnout of the voters was 60-80 percent in the municipalities.
About the electoral violence in Sitakunda and Panchagarh, the EC Secretary said the incident of scuffle took place when police asked the people to keep the road clear for the car movement of the returning officer in Panchagarh, while miscreants tried to snatched EVM monitor in Sitakunda, but failed. Then the monitor was replaced, he added.
Instruction was already given to file a case against those engaged in Sitakunda incident, he said.