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Reserved seats’ election in February, upazila in March

Staff Correspondent Daily-Bangladesh.com
EC Secretery Helaluddin Ahmed: File Photo

Election Commission (EC) has started the process of holding elections for 50 reserved women seats for 11th Jatiya Sangsad in February and 5th upazila parishad elections in March. Election schedule for reserved women seats will be announced next week. And in the beginning of next month upazila parishad election schedule will be announced.

Talking to journalists at Agargaon's election Bhaban, the Election Commission Secretary, Helaluddin Ahmed said this information on Thursday.

Regarding the election of reserved women seats of the 11th Parliament, the EC Secretary said that the scheduled for reserved seats will be announced next week. Among the 50 seats reserved for the Eleventh Jatiya Sangsad elections, Bangladesh Awami League will get 43 seats, Jatiya Party 4, UnityFront 1 and Independents and two parties will get 2 seats.

Awami League alliance won absolute victory in the December 30th elections. Of these, the Awami League has won 257 seats, Jatiya Party 22, Bikalpadhara Bangladesh 2, Bangladesh Workers Party 3, JSD 2, Jatiya Party-JP 1 and Tariqat Federation 1 seats. Jatiyaoikyafront, including BNP, got 7 seats. On Wednesday, the BNP won the Brahmanbaria-2 constituency on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the fifth upazila parishad election will start gradually across the country from the first week of March, said the secretary. He said that due to the SSC examination in February and HSC exams in April, plans are scheduled for the end of January 2020 or in February. Polling will start in March, The authority has plans to use the electronic voting machine (EVM) in a limited way.

Under Section 17 (1) (c) of Upazila Parishad Act, 1998, there are compulsory voting within 180 days before the date of expiry of the current upazila parishad. The term starts from the first meeting of the council. Polling took place in 97 upazilas on February 19, 2014. In June-July of that year, elections were held in about 486 Upazilas in seven phases. The first meetings were held in different upazila councils on that year. As a result, more than half of the upazila councils were eligible to vote.

Besides, the work will be started for expatriates’ votes in April next year, said Helaluddin. He said that in the first phase Bangladeshis who live in Singapore will be voters under this pilot project. A team will go to Singapore to make them voter within five to seven days. Then the activities for the Dubai living expatriates will be started.

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