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Dhaka Tribune

EC might consider rescheduling of polls

Update : 30 Nov 2013, 08:11 PM

The Election Commission would consider rescheduling the 10th parliamentary polls if it received a specific proposal with regard to obtaining a political consensus, Election Commissioner Mohammad Abu Hafiz said on Saturday. He made the statement while speaking to journalists at the EC Secretariat in the afternoon.

“Candidates have to collect and submit their nomination papers within the scheduled time. We will not delay the deadline,” he said. Commissioner Md Shah Newaz told the Dhaka Tribune that the EC was yet to take any decision over increasing the time allowed for submitting nomination papers.

The last date for the collection and submission of nomination papers is December 2. The election is scheduled to be held on January 5 as announced by the EC on November 25. When asked about the Awami League’s rally, Hafiz said no one could do any election campaigning three weeks prior to the voting day, as per the electoral code of conduct.

“None can seek votes or give any political speeches. But anyone can hold meetings and rallies with the permission of the police,” he said urging all candidates to obey the electoral code.

On the deployment of the army, Hafiz said the commission would make decisions about it soon. 

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