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High Court ruling puts Actors’ Equity Bangladesh election on hold

  • Published at 11:03 pm June 20th, 2019
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The court issued the ruling on Wednesday afternoon, and also issued a show-cause notice to the organization’s election commission

The High Court has temporarily prohibited the Actors Equity Bangladesh from holding their election, which was scheduled for today. 

The court issued the ruling on Wednesday afternoon, and also issued a show-cause notice to the organization’s election commission.

The order came on the back of a writ petition filed by actor Sheikh Ehsanur Rahman. 

The notice was served to election commissioner and actor Khairul Alam Sabuj. 

Speaking to reporters, Sheikh Ehsanur Rahman said: “The election was being held in violation of the constitution of Actors Equity Bangladesh, which had been approved by the Department of Social Services. The leaders of the organization have hidden some facts, and have been dishonest while giving information to the Department of Social Services. We have been talking to the current leader of the organization regarding these issues for the last four months.

“However, they are trying to forcefully hold the election, without holding any general meeting of all the members. In order to seek justice, we sought the High Court’s intervention." 

Actors Equity General Secretary Ahsan Habib Nasim said: "We have not yet received any notice. We just know that the election will take place tomorrow [today]."

There are nearly 650 voters to cast their ballot in this election, according to the latest list of Actors Equity. A total of 52 candidates are participating in this election for 21 positions. 

The election was scheduled to take place at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Shegunbagicha, Dhaka.