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MPs won’t be able to campaign in upcoming city polls

  • Published at 07:02 pm June 12th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:53 pm June 12th, 2018
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The election schedules for these city corporations, announced on May 29, will come into effect from Wednesday

The members of parliament (MPs) will not be able to join their party’s candidates in the campaign trails ahead of the elections to the Rajshahi, Barisal and Sylhet city corporations, which are slated for July 30.

 Their participation in the campaigns will not be allowed as the gazette on the amendment to the City Corporation (Election Code of Conduct) Rules 2016 is yet to be published.

 “We have received the amended code of conduct after further vetting. But the matter was not in the agenda at today’s meeting,” Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters at the Nirbachon Bhaban in Dhakas’ Agargaon on Tuesday.

 He said: “The commission will decide on the gazette in the next meeting after the Eid.”

 Commission officials said elections are held in line with the rules laid out during the announcement of the election schedule. So, if this gazette is published after the Eid, then the MPs will not be able to join their party aspirants during campaigning before the Rajshahi, Barisal and Sylhet city elections.

 The election schedules for these city corporations, announced by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on May 29, will come into effect from Wednesday.

 Responding to a query, Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam that day had said that if the Law Ministry's approval of the amendment to the code of conduct was published in a gazette notification before June 13, the lawmakers would be able to campaign for their party candidates during these elections.

 The deadline for the submission of nomination papers is June 28. The dates for scrutinizing those are July 1 and 2, and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is July 9.

 The electoral symbols will be allotted to the candidates on July 10. No candidates will be allowed to campaign before that.

 The last polls to Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barishal cities were held on June 15, 2013.