BSS-09 EC announces DNCC by-polls schedule

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EC announces DNCC by-polls schedule

DHAKA, Jan 9, 2017 (BSS) – The Election Commission today formally
announced the schedule for the February 26 by-election to the mayoral post of
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).

The deadline for filing nomination for the polls has been set for
January 18 as election will be held on February 26.

“The deadline for filing nomination for the DNCC by-polls has been set
for January 18 and January 21 to 22 has been set for scrutinizing, said Chief
Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda at a press briefing held at the
Media Room of the Election Commission (EC) in city’s Agargaon.

Election commissioners and acting secretary of the commission, among
others, were present at the briefing.

Huda said the mayor post of the DNCC has remained vacant after the death
of Annisul Huq and election to the city corporation will be held on February
26.

“The deadline for withdrawing candidacy has been set for January 29”, he
added.

He said the voting will also be held in 36 new wards and 12 reserved
wards for women newly included in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on the same day.

“We won’t do any compromise in holding the election in a free, fair and
credible manner…The EC is considering the poll as significant one,” Huda
said.

Seeking all out cooperation from all, Huda said, “We expect support from
all stakeholders including government, candidates and voters to hold the
election in a free and credible manner. We also hope that the election will
be a vote festival.”

EC Joint Secretary Md Abul Kashem appointed as the Returning Officer for
the polls while 12 assistant returning officers will assist him.

A total of 29,48,510 voters could exercise their voting rights at newly
formed 18 wards and six reserved wards in DNCC, Huda said, adding a total of
7,516 voting rooms will be set up at 1,349 voting centres.

Apart from this, a total of 4, 77,510 voters could cast their votes at
233 voting centers at the newly formed 18 wards and six reserved wards for
women in DSCC.

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