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EC mulls 2nd phase municipal polls in March

Update : 08 Jan 2016, 07:41 PM

The Election Commission is reportedly thinking about organising the second phase of elections to remaining municipalities in March.

In the first phase, 234 municipalities out of 323 went to polls on party lines on December 30. Re-polls will be held at 20 of those municipalities on January 12.

An election commissioner, seeking anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that the EC would meet shortly after the re-polls to discuss the second phase. The municipalities in this phase will include those where the mayors’ tenures will end in April and May.

He said the first phase of the Union Parishad election will be held in the coastal unions in March and others will go to polls between May and July. The EC is amending electoral codes and has already received lists of 4,544 unions from Local Government Division that are ready for holding election.

Several EC officials said they preferred organising polls to remaining municipalities simultaneously with the UP election.

A senior EC official said the second phase may be pushed back to May if remaining municipalities did not go to polls by March. But several officials said polls to at least 20 municipalities would be held in March.

EC officials said they were looking for a suitable time for polls as the SSC and HSC exams are scheduled for February and April respectively.

“We’ll make sure the UP election’s timing will not trouble the examinees and that we will get enough manpower for polls duty,” the election commissioner added. 

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