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EC says no to all political parties

Update : 30 Nov 2015, 04:02 PM

Putting off recent discussions on what its course of action would be in the face of various demands placed by political parties, the Election Commission Monday officially said that it would entertain none.

On Saturday, main political opposition BNP and ruling alliance parters Workers Party of Bangladesh and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD) sought more time to prepare for the first ever partisan municipality elections, slated for December 30.

Read more: EC to decide on political parties' demands Monday

On Sunday, the ruling Awami League requested the Election Commission (EC) to let parliament members to take part in electioneering – something that the BNP opposed.

The same day, main opposition in parliament Jatiya Party requested the EC to extend the December 3 nomination submission deadline by 15 days.

Over the last two days, delegations from all these parties met with the EC and placed their arguments.

on Monday, after a marathon meeting of the commissioners, the EC decided that it would not entertain any demands.

“We have discussed in detail the demands placed by the political parties. We actively considered the demand for allowing MPs to take part in electioneering. But it is not possible for us to change the election code of conduct at this stage,” Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed told reporters.

He also said that despite knowing that there was “no scope to defer the elections,” they actively considered the demands.

The CEC also said that they had announced the polls schedule giving as much time as legally possible to let the political parties prepare.

A Workers Party delegation met with the EC the same day and like their alliance partner Awami League, placed a demand for allowing MPs to take part in campaign. It also placed its standing request for a rescheduling of the local government polls.

On Sunday, following meetings with Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party delegations, the commission said it would consider the demands.

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