The by-polls for the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor's office will most likely be held in the third week of February, Election Commission sources say.
Schedule for the election may be announced as early as the first week of January, they said.
If the post of a mayor or councillor falls vacant more than 180 days before the end of the tenure, the law stipulates holding by-polls within 90 days to fill the post.
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Responding to a query, acting secretary of Election Commission Secretariat Helal Uddin Ahmed said: “I have learned that a gazette has been issued declaring the mayor post of DNCC vacant. However, we have not yet received it.
“After receiving a copy of the gazette notification, we will table the matter for discussion in the next Election Commission meeting. The commission will then decide when to hold the by-polls.”
Commenting about the possible schedule for the by-election, the Election Commission secretary pointed out that the by-polls would be held within 90 days following the vacancy.
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Meanwhile, a deputy secretary level official of the Election Commission, on condition of anonymity, said: “We will begin the procedures of the DNCC mayoral by-polls as soon as we receive the gazette.”
Adding that the by-election will be held on or before February 28 next year, the official said: “The schedule [for the by-polls] must be announced 45 days before the election.
“If voting is to be held on the third week of February, it is highly likely that the schedule will be announced by the first week of next January.”
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The post of DNCC mayor was declared vacant after its first mayor Annisul Huq passed away on November 30 at a London Hospital.
Annisul, backed by the ruling Awami League, had won the DNCC election on April 28, 2015.
He was sworn-in on May 6, 2015 and served as the mayor for only two and a half years before his death.
Annisul was laid to rest at the Banani Graveyard on Saturday.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune