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Gazipur city polls on June 26

  • Published at 04:45 pm May 13th, 2018
  • Last updated at 05:23 pm May 21st, 2018
Gazipur city polls on June 26

Mayoral and councillor candidates will be able to begin their official campaign from June 18.

The Election Commission has fixed June 26 as the new date for the Gazipur City Corporation election.

Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed announced the new date at a press briefing on Sunday after a meeting the commission office in Dhaka’s Agargaon.

He said: “The election will be held on June 26. So the mayoral and councillor candidates will be able to begin their official campaign from June 18.”

“The commission has decided to hold the city polls after the Eid-ul-Fitr in late June as the Ramadan is beginning this month,” he said, adding that the candidates who have already been nominated would be able to contest.

“Everything will be just as before,” said the secretary.

After the commission’s announcement, Awami League nominated mayoral candidate Jahangir Alam and BNP’s candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar both welcomed the decision.

“I will begin my campaign from June 18 following the Election Commission’s decision,” said Jahangir, adding that he might organize Iftar and Doa mahfils during the Ramadan as part of his campaign.

“I might exchange views with important people at those events. But these events will be held at my home and within the purview of the commission’s directives,” he said.

However, Hasan called for a level playing field, saying: “It will be unfair if I attend an Iftar mahfil and draw the authority’s wrath and the Awami League candidate faces no consequences even after organizing a similar program for campaigning.”

On May 11, the Supreme Court had ordered the Election Commission to hold the Gazipur city polls by June 28.

The apex court issued the order scrapping the High Court’s three-month stay order on the election, issued on May 6 following hearing on a petition filed by ABM Azharul Islam Suruj, Shimulia union parishad chairman of Savar.

Previously, the election was scheduled for May 15.

The High Court had also issued a rule asking the government to explain in four weeks as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into Gazipur City Corporation should not be declared illegal.

Later, the commission, along with the Awami League and BNP mayoral candidates, moved the Appellate Division against that ruling.

Gazipur City Corporation is comprised of 57 general and 19 reserved wards, with a total number of 1,137,736 registered voters.

Our Gazipur Correspondent Raihanul Islam Akand also contributed to this article