JS poll now on Dec 30
Deadline to inform EC on joining election in alliance extended
Published : Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 491
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday said they had decided to defer the date for 11th national election by a week to December 30.
The CEC made the announcement while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) fair in the capital's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital on Monday.
The EC also extended the deadline for the decision to participate in polls under alliances. Now the political parties that are interested to take part in election under alliances have to inform the EC their decision by November 15 instead of November 11 set earlier.
According to the new announcement, the last date for nomination paper submission is November 28 and the scrutiny of nomination papers will continue until December 2.
After December 9, the candidates declared by the EC will be able to withdraw nomination papers. The symbols will be given on December 10.
Earlier, Election Commission announced the schedule for the national election on December 23 while the last date for submitting nomination papers was 19 November.
"It is a matter pleasure that BNP, Juktafront and other political parties have decided to participate in the national polls prompting the EC to revise the polls schedule," he said.
He said the revision has been made taking into consideration the requests of the opposition political parties.
"We welcome their participation," he added.
CEC said, "We were waiting for all the political parties to participate in the polls
and believed that we would be able to hold a well- accepted election with the participation of all the political parties."
"There was some delay in getting their written proposal. We have decided this matter. But it is reassuring to the commission that the BNP and Oikyafront will take part in the polls." CEC added.
Meanwhile, both the main political parties- Awami League and BNP - have started selling nominations papers.
The EC has already appointed deputy commissioners of all the districts and two divisional commissioners as Returning Officers (ROs) to conduct the 11th national elections.
The move came four days after the CEC announced the schedule for polls in a televised address to the nation setting December 23 as the Election Day.
On November 8, the EC announced polls schedule. CEC Huda announced the schedule for the national election setting November 19 as the deadline for submitting nominations, which was scheduled to be scrutinised on November 22.
The deadline from pulling out of the race was fixed on November 29.
However, opposition political parties and alliances including Jatiya Oikyafront and Left Democratic Alliance have been calling for deferring the polls schedule demanding a level playing field before the voting day is picked.
The major opposition alliance led by ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's BNP on Sunday urged the Election Commission to defer the election date by a month.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said their alliance decided to contest the parliamentary polls, urging the government to ensure a level playing field for holding a free, fair and neutral election.
Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which rose to power with a landslide election victory in early 2009 and won its second term in 2014, is facing challenges from Khaleda Zia's BNP and its allies, which boycotted the 2014 elections.