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General election Dec 23

Published : Friday, 9 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 801

The 11th national election will be held on December 23 across the country.
The candidates who want to run in the polls will have to submit their nomination papers between November 9 and November 19.
The Election Commi-ssion (EC) will scrutinise the nominations on November 22 and set November 29 as the deadline for the withdrawal of candidature, giving the aspirants a 10-day window to consider their decisions.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda announced election schedule on Thursday in his address to the nation.
The Election Commi-ssion, earlier in the day, held a meeting to finalise their last-minute preparations ahead of the announcement of the polls schedule.
His speech was broadcast on the state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar as well as on other private television channels and radio stations.
CEC called on all political parties to join the polls for making it competitive, a contest, which, he argued, would ensure free, fair, neutral and credible voting.
This time, the candidates will be able to submit their nomination papers both online and manually.
Huda also said that the Election Commission will use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in a small number of randomly selected voting centres at
the urban electoral constituencies.
"We believe using EVMs will raise the standard of the election and save time, money and man-hours," he said.
The CEC urged all the political parties to participate in the general election to keep the trend of democracy and pace of development uninterrupted.
He also urged all political parties to take part in the election to continue Bangladesh's "development efforts and put democracy on a stronger footing".
"If there remains any disagreement dispute among them, then I urge them to resolve those politically. I request everybody to demonstrate patience and respectful political behaviour to each other," he said.
He also expected a competitive election with the participation of all political parties. "I believe in a competitive election irregularities can be checked with the active participation of the supporters of candidates," he added.
"If there remains any disagreement dispute among them, then I urge them to resolve those politically. I request everybody to demonstrate patience and respectful political behaviour to each other," he said.
"I believe in a competitive election. Irregularities can be checked with the active participation of the supporters of candidates," he added.
He said that the Election Commission will strictly monitor all officials and initiate "legal measures" against those who will fail to perform their duty.
The CEC urged all including political parties to show restraint while contesting the polls and said any issue might be settled through discussion.
He also assured all aspiring parties of creating a level-playing, saying that the Election Commission would soon issue circular in this regard.
CEC said, "All parties will get equal opportunities and the law enforcement will be directed strictly not to harrass anyone by means of attacks and filing cases."
He also assured the people of the country of creating a level-playing field by providing equal facilities for all during the election.
"All candidates and political parties will get equal facilities. Necessary circulars will be issued soon in this regard," he added.
Huda said adding that executive and judicial magistrates will be appointed in each constituency.
Armed forces will be deployed for assisting the civil administration to maintain the law and order, he added.
CEC said actions will be taken if they fail to perform their duty properly.   
Training programmes have been arranged for the first time for polling agents, the CEC said adding that the procurement of election materials and printing works have been completed.
Listing a number measures taken by the EC for holding the national election, the CEC said they have prepared the voter list and amended the relevant laws ahead of the election while a list has been published re-demarcating parliamentary constituencies.
According to the EC sources, the EC also started from Thursday sending nomination forms and other election materials to the senior district election officers and district election officers at its field level offices from the BG Press at Tejgaon ahead of the polls.
Despite objections from many political parties, the use of EVMs became possible through the amendments to the Representation of the People Order (RPO) last month.
The Election Commission plans to use 150,000 EVMs in at least 100 randomly selected constituencies across the country during the vote.
According to the draft list published earlier, a total of 101,440,601 voters were counted till January 31 of 2016. After the update, a total of 3,332,593 new voters were added to the list. Of them, 1,632,971 are male voters and 1,699,622 are female.
On the other hand, 1,748,934 deceased voters were excluded from the updated list. So currently there are 104,051,883 people were listed as voters in total.  
Around seven lakh polling officials will be required for around 2.6 lakh polling booths.
Before this, the 10th national election was held on January 5 in 2014.








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