EC plans mayoral polls in 5 cities by AugustTaib Ahmed
The Election Commission is planning to hold the next parliamentary election anytime after October, said officials.
It has also decided to hold five city corporations’ polls by August and the upazila elections after the parliamentary polls, said EC officials.
They said the statements of the prime minister and some of the ruling Awami League leaders regarding parliamentary polls prompted the EC to plan this way.
Recently, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said parliamentary polls would be announced in October.
Senior AL leader Tofail Ahmed in a television interview said parliament would be dissolved after October.
The EC is taking preparations for holding parliamentary polls towards the end of December, said EC officials.
The constitution stipulates holding of the polls within 90 days of dissolution of parliament, either before or on expiry of its tenure.
The tenure of current parliament expires on January 24 in 2014.
Hasina told a news conference on Wednesday that parliamentary polls would be held before January 25, 2014.
The EC wants to hold the polls in five city corporations by July or August so that it could concentrate on holding parliamentary polls after October,’ election commissioner Shah Nawaz told New Age.
Replying to a question he said the upazila polls would be held after the general election.
The law requires holding the civic polls in Rajshahi city between March 21 and September 17, in Khulna city between April 1 and September 27, in Barisal city between April 11 and October 7 and in Sylhet city between March 21 and September 17, he said.
The EC has to hold the civic polls in newly created Gazipur City by July 16,
Holding the stalled civic polls in Dhaka north and south cities would depend on the court vacating its stay order, he said.
The elections in 490 upazilas would be due between July 25 and January 21, he said.
A group of upazila chairmen and vice chairmen met recently called for holding the UZ polls after the general election.
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