POST TIME: 11 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 September, 2018 11:59:08 PM
Schedule for next nat’l polls after Oct 30: EC

Schedule for next nat’l polls after Oct 30: EC

The Election Commission (EC) said yesterday that the schedule for the 11th parliamentary polls would be announced after October 30. The commission said it has completed 80 per cent of preparations for the elections. “The countdown for the parliamentary polls will begin after October 30. The schedule for holding the polls would be announced on any day after October 30,” EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said. He was talking to journalists at his office in Election Bhaban in the capital.

 “The EC has completed at least 80 per cent of preparations for the elections. Delimitation of 300 constituencies has been done. The electoral roll of 10.41 crore voters is complete,” he said. He also said compact disks (CD) of voters have been prepared and these would be sent to all districts and upazilas by September 25.

About polling centres, Helal Uddin said the draft list was prepraed on August 5 and the final list was published at the field level on September 6. The list would come to the commission and would be scrutinised again. The list would be published in the gazette 25 days before the elections, he added. The EC has prepared a list of over 40,000 polling centres for 104.2 million voters for the next general election. In the 10th general election, the number of poling cenrtres was 37,707 for 91.9 million voters, while there were 35,263 polling centres for 81 million voters in the ninth parliamentary polls.

About the manpower for conducting the general election, the EC secretary said around seven lakh polling officials will be required for around 2.6 lakh polling booths. In addition, the commission has taken the initiative to amend the Representation of People Order (RPO) for introducing electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the parliamentary polls.

The EC has already sent a proposal for amendment of the RPO to the law ministry for further scrutiny. The proposal for introducing EVMs has raised a huge uproar among political parties and other quarters who are against it. The EC sent the proposal to the law ministry, saying it is only creating an opportunity for using EVMs in the parliamentary polls. But the EC did not make it clear whether EVMs would be used in the elections or not.

Asked about introduction of EVMs, Helal Uddin said: “There is no secrecy about EVMs. We have sent the proposal to the law ministry to amend the RPO to insert the provision of EVMs. If the ministry approves it, it will be sent to Parliament for being passed. After that, everybody will come to know about it.”

As per the election roadmap, the EC has some work left which will start after announcement of the election schedule. When the schedule is announced, the EC would send the list of the electoral roll to registered political parties. Besides, the EC would provide training to polling officials at district and upazila levels. The commission will provide training directives to law enforcers before the elections.

Three months before the elections, the local administration, including the district and upazila election office, will hold talks with the general people.

The EC Secretariat will hold talks with the public administration, civil and military personnel regarding elections one month before the polls.