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MPs-elect take oath today

EC publishes gazette notification of polls results

Staff Correspondent

Members of parliament-elect of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad are set to take oath today after the Election Commission on Wednesday published the gazette notification declaring the results of elections to 290 constituencies.
The speaker, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, will administer the oath of office in the national assembly complex at 10:00am, Joynal Abedin, public relations director of the parliament, said.
Results of polling in eight constituencies — Kurigram 4, Dinajpur 4, Gaibandha 1, Gaibandha 3, Gaibandha 4, Bogra 7, Jessore 5 and Lakshmipur 1 —  were not published as the commission had to stop polling in 392 centres because of widespread violence.
The commission did not publish the gazette notification for results of Jessore 1 and Jessore 2 constituencies after it had issued show-causes notices to MPs-elect to the constituencies — Sheikh Afiluddin and Monirul Islam — asking why their candidature should not be cancelled for violating the electoral code of conduct in the run up to the elections held on Sunday.
Election commissioner Shah Nawaz told New Age that the commission had published the gazette declaring the results of 290 parliamentary seats.
The ruling Awami League won 229 seats, the HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party 33, the Workers Party of Bangladesh 6, the Inu-led Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal 5, the Anwar Hossain Manju-led Jatiya Party 1, the Tariqat Federation 1 and the Bangladesh Nationalist Front 1.
Fourteen independent candidates also won in the 10th parliamentary elections.
Statistics Election Commission officials gave showed that 1,65,35,944 of the 4,15,21,371 voters in 139 constituencies ‘exercised their franchise’ in the elections and put voter turnout at 39.83 per cent.
The commission officials who collected the election results, however, said that the voters turnout would have stood at 40.56 per cent if votes had been cast in 205 stations where polling was suspended because of violence.
Article 148(2A) of the constitution says that if, within three days next after the publication through an official
election of members of parliament under Clause (3) of Article 123, the person specified under the constitution for the purpose or such other person designated by that person for the purpose, is unable to, or does not, administer oath to the newly elected members of parliament, on any account, the chief election commissioner will administer such oath within three days next thereafter, as if, he is the person specified under the constitution for the purpose.
The commission on Tuesday issued show-cause notices to two Awami League MPs-elect — Sheikh Afil Uddin for Jessore 1 and Monirul Islam for Jessore 2 — asking why their candidature would not be cancelled for violating the electoral code of conduct in the run up to the elections.
Sheikh Afil Uddin was elected uncontested for the Jessore 1 constituency and Monirul Islam was elected for the Jessore 2 constituency.
In the notices the commission’s deputy secretary Basudeb Roy signed, the commission said, ‘Why will the EC not cancel your candidature in line with Article 91E and 81(1)F of the Representation of the People Order 1972?’
The commission asked the MPs-elect to reply in 10 days on receipt of the notices.
Awami League lawmaker Sheikh Afil Uddin was caught on tape instructing his followers on how to vote again and again.
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, who was elected for Rangpur 6 and Goplaganj 3 on Wednesday informed the commission that she would remain lawmaker for the Gopalganj 3 constituency relinquishing her parliamentary membership for the Rangpur 6 constituency.
In accordance with the law, the commission will hold by-polls to the Rangpur 6 constituency in the next 90 days.

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