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EC mulls holding upazila elections in March

  • Published at 11:18 pm January 2nd, 2019
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File photo of Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed addressing the press on Thursday, December 20, 2018 Focus Bangla

Upazila elections must be held in the last six months before the upazila councils end their terms

The Election Commission is considering holding the upazila elections in March, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told reporters on Wednesday at the commission's Secretariat.

He said: “We have already started preparations to hold the polls in nearly 500 upazila’s across the country.

“The elections were scheduled in March as the Secondary School Certificate examinations will be held in February and the Higher Secondary Certificate examinations in April.

According to the law, upazila elections must be held during the last six months before the end of the terms of the upazila councils.

Former chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed-led commission administered the last upazila elections in six phases between February and May 2014 after the 10th national election on January 5 that year.

The Upazila Council Elections will take place on party lines where the candidates will contest with a political party’s registered symbol, for the very first time.

The commission has the power to hold the presidential and national elections but any other election has to be sanctioned by the government.

The Election Commission will take steps to administer the upazila elections after the Local Government Division will write to them saying they are prepared to do so.