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Poll schedule for reserved women seats next week

Published : Friday, 11 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 517

Election Commission (EC) Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Thursday said the EC is set to announce the election schedule for 50 reserved constituencies for women next week.
The Secretary also said the fifth upazila council elections will begin from the first week of March this year.
He was speaking at a press briefing at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital. The voting of upazilas will be held step by step, said the Secretary.
The press briefing was told that works on preparing a voter list of expatriate
Bangladeshis will begin from April. At the beginning, the Bangladeshi expatriates in Singapore will be enlisted as pilot project.
A team of the EC will go to Singapore within five to seven days in this regard, he said, adding that another team will visit Dubai later.
He added that the ruling Awami League will be allocated 43, Jatiya Party will get four Oikyafront will get one and the other parties will get two seats.
The reserved seats for women are allocated to political parties in proportion with their number of seats in parliament.
Meanwhile, leader of opposition and JP Chairman HM Ershad already submitted a list of four candidates from his party to the Speaker on Wednesday.
The AL-led grand alliance secured 288 seats - AL got 257, JP 22 and others 9 - in the December 30 election. The BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront got only eight seats.
According to the law, elections must be held in the six months before the Upazila councils terms expire.
Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed-led Commission administered the last Upazila elections in six phases between February and May in 2014 after the 10th national election on Jan 5 that year.
This year, for the very first time, the Upazila council elections will take place on party lines where the candidates will contest with a political party's registered symbol.
The commission has the power to hold the presidential and national elections but any other election has to be sanctioned by the local government division.

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