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1272 candidates valid for 1st phase of municipality polls

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:24 AM, 4 December 2020   Updated: 12:44 PM, 4 December 2020

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The Election Commission (EC) has declared 1,272 candidates valid in the first phase of the municipality elections. The last day of the nomination papers withdrawal on 10 December.

Earlier, 1,333 candidates had filed nomination papers for the posts of mayor, general and reserved councilor of 25 municipalities. Of them – 61 people were eliminated on Thursday.  

According to EC sources, on the last day of nomination papers submission, 112 candidates filed nomination papers for the post of mayor, 283 for reserved women seats and 938 for general or councilor posts in the first phase of the municipality polls. After the selection, there are now 103 valid candidates for the post of mayor, 278 for reserved women councilor and 938 for general councilor.

Mizanur Rahman, the coordinator of the steering committee for conducting municipality polls 2020 and deputy secretary of the EC, confirmed the information.

“As per the EC’s schedule, polling will be held on 28 December. Voting will be held in through electronic voting machine (EVM) from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm,” said Md. Alamgir, senior secretary of the EC.

Currently, there are 329 municipalities in the country. In the first phase, elections will be held on December 28 in 25 municipalities. The municipalities are – Panchagarh, Pirganj of Thakurgaon, Phulbari of Dinajpur, Badarganj, Kurigram of Rangpur, Puthia and Katakhali of Rajshahi, Chatmohar of Sirajganj, Khoksha of Kushtia, Chuadanga, Chalna of Khulna, Betagi of Barguna, Kuakata of Patuakhali, Ujirpur and Bakerganj of Barishal, Gafargaon of Mymensingh, Madan of Netrokona, Manikganj, Dhaka’s Dhamrai, Sreepur of Gazipur, Dirai of Sunamganj, Baralekha of Moulvibazar, Habiganj’s Shayestaganj and Sitakunda of Chattogram. 

According to EC sources, there is a provision of voting in the municipality within 90 days before the end of current mayors and councilors’ term. As per this, the term of more than 250 mayors and councilors of the municipality is coming to an end in mid-February.

Meanwhile, voting was held in 234 municipalities simultaneously on 30 December 2015. Besides, voting in other municipalities was held at different times as per the schedule.

Most of the mayors and councilors of the municipalities that won the polls on 30 December 2015 were sworn in in January-February of the following year (2016). Their first meeting was held in February. As such, the term of these municipalities is coming to an end in February next year.