DCC polls by May-end, says CEC

February 27, 2010

Polls in the Dhaka City Corporation will be held in the last week of May, chief election commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda said on Friday, reports bdnews24.com.
His statement came after five writ petitions filed over demarcation of DCC wards were rejected by the High Court.
The CEC said the commission plans to conduct bye-election in Bhola-4 parliament seat, which has been vacated with the cancellation of membership of Awami League”s Jasimuddin, in the first week of May and polls in time-expired union councils by the end of this year.
He was talking to reporters at the Chandpur circuit house before joining a programme organised by Chandpur Angkur”s Kochi Kachar Asor.
The top election official said the commission had earlier planned to conduct DCC polls in March, but it could not due to filing of five writ petitions seeking fresh ward demarcation before the election.
The High Court on Thursday rejected the petitions clearing the way for holding the polls.
Sazzad Hossain, a resident of capital”s Pallabi filed the most recent petition on Feb 7 demanding demarcation the DCC wards based on the latest city census. Four others, Abdul Kuddus, Shamim Mollah, Sayed Mahiuddin and Babul Sheikh, had filed similar petitions in past weeks.
The CEC said elections to time-expired union councils will start from the coastal region and continue to cover the whole country within this year.
To a question on registration of political parties, he CEC said: “It is everyone”s free will. Those who will get registered can participate in polls. And those who will not cannot contest polls.”
Last year 39 parties were registered out of 107 applied for, he said adding the rest were refused registration for their failure in meeting the requirements.
Of the 39 registered parties, all but Freedom Party participated in Dec 2008 general elections, he said.

Courtesy of bdnews24.com via The News Today

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