The Election Commission has decided to appeal against the High Court's stay order on the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-polls and election of councilors for the newly added wards in the two city corporations.
For this, the commission has appointed former attorney general Fida M Kamal and Towhidul Islam as lawyers on Sunday.
According to sources, the commission decided to appeal on Thursday. The reasons behind the High Court’s stay on the polls were due to the faults of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD).
However, there were some additional problems related to the voter lists update which was the commission’s responsibility.
Election Commissioner Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury said: "We are discussing the issue right after getting the copy of the High Court's stay order. The Secretariat has been asked to contact the lawyers to take necessary action in this regard.”
"The arrangements for elections will be taken according to the law," he said.
Requesting anonymity, a commission official said that not updating the voter list, not fixing the tenure of the newly elected councilors, the absence of 75% of elected representatives in the Dhaka North City Corporation, and the union parishads that have been included in the two cities corporations are the main reasons for the High Court’s stay order.
The official further said the commission's primary fault was not updating voter list. The rest of the work is the responsibility of the LGRD Ministry.
The Election Commission thought the other works were finalized as it was asked to hold the by-polls by the LGRD Ministry.
The High Court on January 17 stayed the DNCC by-polls and polls of the newly added 18 ward councils for six months following the hearing on two writ petitions.
Besides, the High Court stayed the polls for 18 ward councillors in Dhaka South City Corporation for four months.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com