The Election Commission (EC) has appealed against the High Court order to stay Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-polls by six months.
Touhidul Islam, the commission’s lawyer, confirmed that the appeal had been made with the relevant branch of the Supreme Court on Thursday.
The High Court on January 17 stayed the DNCC by-polls and the polls of newly added ward councils for six months. following the hearing on two writ petitions. The court also issued a rule asking why the election schedule should not be declared illegal.
The High Court bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed gave the order.
Jahangir Alom, chairman of Beraid Union Parishad, and Ataur Rahman, chairman of Bhatara Union Parishad, filed the two writ petitions seeking the stay order.
According to the petitions, there are a number of legal complications which need to be resolved before the election schedule can be announced. These include the finalization of the voter list and the establishment of tenures for councilors of newly added wards.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com