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CEC to declare polls schedule today

 Staff Correspondent :: staff-correspondent

 Published: 11:13 AM, 8 November 2018   Updated: 11:13 AM, 8 November 2018

Chief Election Officer (CEC) KM Nurul Huda; File Photo

Chief Election Officer (CEC) KM Nurul Huda; File Photo

Chief Election Officer (CEC) KM Nurul Huda will be declaring the schedule for 11th national parliamentary polls today.

A press release issued by the Election Commission on Wednesday said that the declaration will be televised live in national broadcasters at 7:00 pm.

This comes in line with the previous statements of CEC and ruling alliance that there will be no delay in announcing the schedule.

Meanwhile, Awami League extended its full support to the Election Commission’s decision to unveil the schedule for the next parliamentary elections on Thursday as per its earlier announcement.

Besides, all the opposition parties and alliances have demanded to hold the general election under a nonpartisan government and dissolution of the parliament ahead of it.

However, ruling party Awami League has repeatedly asserted that it will keep to the constitution – meaning that the election will be held under its government.

Apart from this major issue, there are several other major demands, like the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and use of electronic voting.

Also, the opposition parties have been accusing the Election Commission of subservience to the government and walking the path as instructed to it.

Apart from this, the ruling party held talks with the Jatiya Oikyafront in the first round of dialogue that was on November 1. And today, the second round of talks with the ruling alliance, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, was held in Gonobhaban.

Besides, Awami League has held talks with Jatiya Party and BikalpaDhara-led alliance Juktofront, Islamic Democratic Alliance and Left Democratic Alliance.