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Presidential vote on April 29

Update : 09 Apr 2013, 10:29 AM

 

Chief Election Commissioner (cec) Kazi Raqibuddin Ahmed yesterday said that they have finalised the poll schedule and that it would be held on April 29.   “It will be held from 3pm to 6pm on April 29 in the parliament [chamber]. It would be the only business for the day,” he briefed journalists at the commission after holding talks with acting speaker Shawkat Ali at his parliament office.   The 17th parliamentary session is scheduled to start from April 21. Chief Whip Abdus Shahid told Dhaka Tribune that the parliament will take necessary preparations for the polls.   The election schedule says that the nomination papers will be up for sale on April 21 in between 10am and 4pm. They will be scrutinised the next day and the applicants will be able to withdraw their candidatures until 6pm on April 24.   ecofficials said that the parliamentarians would only vote on April 29 if there were two or more presidential candidates. In case of a lone contender, the commission will publish a gazette notification after the withdrawal deadline ends and the country will get the 20th President on April 24.   Eligibility criteria   The constitution allows any Bangladeshi citizen aged above 35 years to contend in the presidential race. The candidate must have the qualifications needed to become a parliamentarian and anyone impeached from the post previously by the parliament will be disqualified.   It also states that the contestants must not be of ‘unsound mind and insolvent’ and anyone with citizenship of another country or who acknowledges allegiance to a foreign country will not be eligible for being the head of state.   The charter also deems ineligible people convicted for criminal offence involving moral turpitude and nationals imprisoned for a term of more than two years. However, a convicted person can contest if five years have passed since their release from prison.   Speaker Abdul Hamid has been the president-in-charge since March 14 after former president, Late Zillur Rahman, was flown off to Singapore for treatment on March 10. He became the acting president after Rahman passed away on April 20.   The constitution requires that the parliament elect a new president within 90 days of the office becoming vacant setting the deadline at June 18.
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