The Election Commission has decided to file an appeal against the court order that stayed the Gazipur City Corporation Election.
The decision was announced by commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmed at a view exchange on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters, the secretary said: “The commission will appeal against the court order that stayed Gazipur city polls for three months. A law expert has been appointed in this regard.
“I will speak to the commission’s lawyers about the appeal process on Tuesday (May 8).”
Adding that the commission had taken all preparations for the Gazipur city polls, Helaluddin said: “We remained in contact with the Ministry of Local Government every step of the way, and announced the election schedule after they gave us the go ahead.
“It is unfortunate that the election got postponed. We will file an appeal against the order.”
The Election Commission secretary further said: “We collected essential documents as soon as the stay order was given. But we are yet to receive a written copy of the court order.
“We however received a certified copy of the order through our lawyer, and the commission plans to file an appeal based on that.”
Article 125 of the Constitution clearly states that a court may not pass an order regarding postponement of elections after its schedule has been announced, without notifying the Election Commission.
Commenting on the matter, Helaluddin said: “We received no prior notice about it. However, the commission has utmost respect for the court and its order.”
Earlier in the day, Helaluddin presided over and addressed a view exchange titled “Implementing a policy on coverage of electoral news in media and collection of poll results.”
On May 6, the High Court stayed the Gazipur city polls for three months after a writ petition was filed challenging the election. The election was scheduled to be held on May 15.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda had announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on March 31.