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Voting in 61 municipalities on January 16

Published : Wednesday, 2 December, 2020 at 9:18 PM  Count : 305

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Elections for 61 municipalities will be held in the second phase on January 16, 2021.

Mohammad Alamgir, senior secretary of the Election Commission (EC) secretariat, announced the schedule on Wednesday saying, “Voting would be held in 29 municipalities through electronic voting machine (EVM) and in 32 municipalities through ballot. The voting will run from 8am to 4pm.”

The last date for submission of nomination papers at the second phase is December 20. Nomination papers will be selected on 22nd December, said the official.

The last day for withdrawal of candidature is December 29.

The 32 municipalities to have polls through ballots are: Sandwip in Chittagong, Mohanganj in Netrokona, Kushtia Sadar, Mirpur, Bheramara, Kulaura in Moulvibazar, Kamalganj, Nageshwari in Kurigram, Gaibandha Sadar, Sundarganj, Dinajpur Sadar, Birampur, Bhangura in Pabnar, Sathia, Sujanagar, Ishurdi, Sunamganj Sadar, Chhatak, Natore’s Gopalpur, Gurudaspur, Bogra’s Sherpur, Rajshahi’s Bhabaniganj, Sirajganj’s Sadar, Ullapara, Belkuchi, Raipur, Habiganj’s Madabpur, Nabiganj, Faridpur’s Boalmari, Kishoreganj Sadar and Mymensingh’s Muktagar.

On the other hand, polls will be held through EVM in- Kazipur in Sirajganj, Tarab in Narayanganj, Shariatpur Sadar, Magura Sadar, Savar, Birganj in Dinajpur, Naogaon’s Nazipur, Pabna’s Faridpur, Bogra’s Sariakandi, Sunamganj’s Jagannathpur, Pirojpur Sadar, Kendua in Netrakona, Gangni in Meherpur ,Shailakupa in Jhenidah, Khagrachari Sadar, Syedpur in Nilphamari, Arani in Rajshahi, Kakanahat, Kumarkhali in Kushtia, Mymensingh’s Fulbaria, Noldanga in Nator, Dhanbari in Tangail, Chandina in Comilla, Feni in Daganabhuiyan, Kuliarchar in Kishoreganj, Monohardi in Narsingdi, Santahar in Bogra, Basurhat in Noakhali and Monglaport in Bagerhat.

Responding to a question from newsmen while announcing the schedule, the secretary said, “The Election Commission has discussed the Chittagong City Corporation’s voting primariliy, there is no need to announce a schedule here.”

The official said that only the voting date will be announced.

“The date of the vote will be announced if the commission decides. In this case, the vote may take place at the end of December. If not possible, it will be held in January,” he said.

The first round of municipal elections will be held on December 28 , Mizanur Rahman, deputy secretary of the EC secretariat and coordinator of the steering committee for the municipal general election, 2020, said today.

“In the first phase, 1,333 candidates have filed nomination papers for 25 municipal elections. Among them, 112 have filed nomination papers for the post of mayor, 283 for the reserved women’s seat and 938 for the post of general or councilor,” he added.

According to the EC schedule, the last date for submission of nomination papers in these municipalities was December 1. And the date of selection of nomination papers by the Returning Officer is 3 December.

The last date for withdrawal of candidature is 10 December.

At present there are 329 municipalities in the country.

The 25 municipalities to go for polls in the first phase are: Panchagarh Sadar, Thakurgaon’s Pirganj, Dinajpur’s Fulbari, Rangpur’s Badarganj, Kurigram, Rajshahi’s Puthia and Katakhali, Sirajganj’s Shahjadpur, Pabna’s Chatmohar, Kushtia’s Khoksa, Chuadanga, Khulan’s Chalna, Betagi in Borguna, Kuakata of Patuakhali, Uzirpur and Bakerganj of Barisal, Gafargaon of Mymensingh, Madan of Netrokona, Manikganj, Dhamrai of Dhaka, Sreepur of Gazipur, Dirai of Sunamganj, Baralekha of Moulvibazar, Shayestaganj in Habiganj and Sitakunda in Chittagong.

On December 30, 2015, polling was held simultaneously in 234 municipalities.
The term of more than 250 mayors and councilors of the municipality is coming to an end by mid-February.

According to the law, vote is required 90 days before the expiration of the terms of elected mayors and councilors in the municipality.

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