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EC in emergency meeting over city polls

  • Published at 05:19 pm January 18th, 2020
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File photo of Nirbachan Bhaban, which houses the offices of the Election Commission and its secretariat, in Dhaka's Agargaon Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The commission started the meeting around 4pm on Saturday at Nirbachan Bhaban

The Election Commission is likely to change the date of elections to two Dhaka city corporations as the commission has sat in an emergency meeting. 

Amid widespread criticisms and movement by a group of Dhaka University students, the commission started the meeting around 4pm on Saturday at Nirbachan Bhaban in Dhaka with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair.

Different quarters, including the Hindu community, have been demanding the deferment of the elections to the Dhaka north and south city corporations slated for January 30 that coincide with Saraswati Puja, reports UNB.

Even major mayoral candidates also urged the commission to reschedule the election so that the Hindu community can smoothly celebrate the Saraswati Puja.

Meanwhile, Dhaka University students continued their fast unto death program for the third consecutive day on Saturday demanding deferment of the polls to the two Dhaka city corporations.

A group of DU students, led by Vice President of Jagannath Hall Students' Union Utpal Biswas and General Secretary Kajal Das, went on hunger strike on the campus on Thursday afternoon demanding deferment of the polls.

Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad General Secretary Advocate Rana Dasgupta warned that they will resist the elections on January 30 as Saraswati Puja falls on the same day.

The Election Commission announced the date on December 22 last year.

Besides, an appeal was filed on Thursday with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order that turned down a writ petition seeking deferment of the January 30 elections. 

The Supreme Court chamber judge is likely to hold a hearing on the appeal on Sunday next.