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25 November, 2015 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 25 November, 2015 12:51:20 AM
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Municipal polls Dec 30

CEC urges BNP to nominate candidates
STAFF REPORTER
Municipal polls Dec 30

The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, yesterday formally announced the schedule for polls to 234 municipalities to be held on December 30.
At a press conference , he urged all political parities, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), to nominate their mayoral candidates. The local government polls will be held under the party banner for the first time.
The CEC assured every party of impartial elections and urged them to follow the election code of conduct while campaigning
“We hope candidates of all political parties, including the BNP, will take part in the municipal elections. The more the candidates participate, the more the polls will be acceptable. We are completely independent. If any BNP candidate makes an allegation regarding the election, we will investigate it,” he said.

According to the election schedule, the last date for submitting nominations is December 3, the dates for scrutiny of nominations are December 5 and 6, and the date for withdrawal of nominations is December 13.
The CEC gave a 48-hour ultimatum to those putting up posters and distributing leaflets as part of the campaign. “After declaration of the election schedule, all posters and leaflets are illegal. We give them 48 hours. They will remove these within the deadline, or we will take steps,” he said. Asked why the commission did not hold a meeting with political parties when the polls were to be held under the party banner, he said it did not get much time for this, as they had to hold the polls 90 days before the end of the tenure of the municipalities.
About the election code of conduct, he said the “most important persons” who take government benefits, like the Prime Minister, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, the chief whip of the government and Opposition, the Opposition leader of the House, the deputy leader of the house, state ministers, whips, deputy ministers or those with equivalent status, members of Parliament and the city mayor, would not be able to participate in campaigning or other election activities.
No party will be able to nominate more than one candidate for a municipality. If there is a lapse, the nomination of all candidates of that party for that municipality will be cancelled.
The names, designations and sample signatures of those with the power of attorney to sign on behalf of the political party have to be submitted to returning officers as well as the Election Commission within five days of the announcement of the schedule.
Independent candidates for the mayoral post have to submit a list of signatures of 100 voters of the respective municipality along with the nomination. However, this won’t be necessary if the candidate had been elected mayor the previous time.
The Election Commission will hold the polls to 234 out of 323 civic bodies whose tenure will end in February next year. The CEC said there were legal issues regarding the rest.
A total of 3,924 candidates will be elected for the 234 municipalities. Of them, 234 will be for mayoral posts, 738 for councillors of reserved seats, and 2,952 for general councillors.
In all, 71,62,396 voters will cast their ballots at 19,187 polling booths in 3,582 polling centres. Of them, 35,86,356 are men and 71,62,396 are women. A total of 3,582 presiding officers, 19,187 assistant presiding officers and 38,374 polling officers will be on election duty.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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