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PM’s advisers, city mayors, LG bodies’ chairmen can contest polls leaving posts

Update : 28 Nov 2013, 08:16 AM

Advisers to the prime minister, city corporation mayors, chairmen of district, upazila and union parishads will have to resign from their posts to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections.

But this will not apply to the ministers and lawmakers as the parliamentary polls would be held without dissolving parliament, said Election Commission officials after a meeting of the commission yesterday.

Municipal mayors could also participate in the election holding their offices.

The commission would make the final decision on the matter at a meeting today, the officials said.

EC Secretary Muhammed Sadique said the chairmen of district, upazila and union parishads could not participate in the polls keeping their posts as their posts were profitable.

The returning officer has sought directives from the EC about participation of the prime minister’s advisers and local government representatives.

EC officials said the PM’s advisers had not taken oath like the ministers but they got all the facilities of the ministers.

“The post of an adviser may be considered as profitable and if they want to participate in the polls, they have to resign from their posts,” said an official.

Incumbent mayors could not participate in the recently held city corporation polls without resigning from their posts.

The last date for filing nomination papers is December 2.

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