The Appellate Division has deferred the hearing on the Election Commission's (EC) appeal against the High Court's six months’ stay on Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-polls and polls of newly added ward councils for two weeks.
A four-member Appellate Bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Thursday.
Advocates Fida M Kamal and Touhidul Islam argued in favour of the EC’s appeal.
Earlier, on January 17, the High Court had stayed the DNCC by-polls and polls of the newly added 18 ward councils for six months following the hearing on two writ petitions filed by Beraid Union Parishad Chairman Jahangir Alom and Bhatara Union Parishad Chairman Ataur Rahman.
At the same time, the court had issued two rules asking the authorities concerned of the EC to explain why the declared schedules should not be declared illegal.
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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.
Following this, the EC had appealed against the High Court’s stay order on February 1.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com