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First phase of Upazila polls on Mar 10

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MNA National Desk: The first phase election to the Upazila Council will be held on March 10. In the first phase, voting will be held in 87 upazilas of 12 districts. Election Commission (EC) Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed announced the election schedule on Sunday. Earlier, the 45th meeting of the commission was held. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda chaired the meeting. As per the election schedule, the deadline for the nomination submission is February 11 while February 12 is set for scrutiny and February 19 is the last date for the withdrawal of candidature. Helal Uddin said the 5th ...

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Journalists permitted to use motorbikes

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday lifted its’ previous restriction on plying of motorbikes to gather news of the 11th Parliamentary Election, slated for December 30, reported news agency. The move comes a day after the Editors’ Council wrote to the commission to ensure the mobility of journalists for election observing and media coverage. Earlier on December 21, the EC has issued a guideline citing that journalists covering the 11th general election will not be able to use motorbikes on the Election Day. Amid criticism from journalists, polls observers’ organizations and civil society, the EC backtracked from ...

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CEC hurts existence of an election commissioner: Mahbub

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MNA National Desk: Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder protested the Chief Election Commissioner’s (CEC) comment on his stance regarding the level-playing field in the upcoming general election, reported news agency. The Election Commissioner read out the statement in front of the journalists at his office in the afternoon. In his statement, Mahbub Talukder said, “Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda told a meeting in Rangamati that I’d told a lie by saying ‘I don’t think there’s anything like level-playing field’. “I’m strongly protesting at his statement. Through this statement he has hit the integrity of an election commissioner,” he told newsmen ...

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EC begins allocating electoral symbols

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MNA National Desk: The allocation of electoral symbols, to candidates of all parties, has begun for the upcoming 11th parliamentary election in Dhaka, reported news agency. Symbols will be allocated for all 300 constituencies during the course of the day. The political parties already informed the commission about their final candidates via formal letters. According to the electoral code of conduct, candidates can start campaigning once symbols have been allocated to them. The candidates will have to stop their campaign activites 32 hours before voting day—which is December 30. Therefore, this year the candidates can campaign for 19 days.

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EC rejects Khaleda’s all appeals

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Election Commission on Saturday upheld returning officers’ decisions cancelling the candidature of jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for forthcoming national election. On the basis of majority opinions of the five election commissioners, the Commission pronounced its judgment turning down Khaleda’s petitions filed to get back her candidacy in Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and three election commissioners—Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury—rejected Khaleda’s appeals, while election commissioner MahbubTalukder accepted her candidature. Later, EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed announced the Commission’s judgment around 5:55pm rejecting the BNP chairperson’s three ...

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EC resumes last day hearing on 233 petitions

MNA National Desk: The Election Commission resumed its hearing for the last day on Saturday on the petitions filed against the decisions of the returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers in different constituencies. The Election Commission will hear and dispose of the remaining 233 petitions, including three of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports news agency. The Election Commission’s third-day hearing started 10:00am at the Nirbachan Bhaban with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair. However, the returning officers accepted a total of 2,279 nomination papers and cancelled 786 others submitted in the 300 ...

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HC dismisses writ over CEC, commissioners’ appointment

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MNA National Desk: The High Court has dismissed a writ petition challenging the legality of the appointments of the chief election commissioner (CEC) and four election commissioners, reported news agency. A bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice M Ashraful Kamal came up with the order on Monday. Earlier on November 25, Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Delwar Hossain filed the writ with the related branch of the HC challenging the legality of the appointment of the chief election commissioner and four other commissioners. The writ claimed that no specific rules were formulated for their appointment. Lawyer Yusuf Ali stood ...

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EC rejects one-fourth of nomination papers

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Election Commission has rejected nearly one-fourth of the nomination papers submitted for the 11th parliamentary election, reported news agency. The commission scrutinized a total of 3,065 nomination applications yesterday and rejected 786, approving the nomination papers of 2,279 candidates. The candidates whose nomination papers have been rejected can appeal against their disqualification, which must be done by December 5. Hearing on these appeals will be held on December 6-8. Nomination papers of several heavyweight candidates from the opposition parties, including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Jatiya Oikya Front leader Abdul Kader Siddique, have been cancelled. No ...

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3056 candidates submit nomination papers

MNA Exclusive Desk: A total of 3056 candidates, including 265 in 20 seats of capital Dhaka, have submitted their nomination papers across the country to contest the upcoming general election billed for December 30. As per the Election Commission tally, 3,056 individuals and contenders of political parties filed their nominations forms for 300 seats by the deadline, reports news agency. Briefing reporters at Nirbachan Bhaban on Wednesday night, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said 23 contestants filed nomination papers online. The highest 22 nomination papers were filed for Dhaka-8, while the lowest four nomination forms for Magura-2, said the ...

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Dhaka-6, 13, Ctg-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2, Satkhira-2 up for EVM use

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MNA National Desk: Electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in Dhaka-6 and 13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira-2 constituencies in the forthcoming general election as picked by the Election Commission. The Commission chose the six parliamentary seats out of 48 around 5pm on Monday through an open lottery in presence of journalists. On Saturday, the EC decided to use EVMs in all polling stations of the six constituencies located in city and district sadar areas during the 11th parliamentary elections slated for December 30. However, BNP even on Monday placed a demand before the Commission that it must refrain ...

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EC selects 6 EVM seats by lottery

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission, or EC, is scrutinising 48 parliamentary constituencies for the potential use of electronic voting machines, or EVMs, on an experimental basis in the coming general election, reported news agency. Six of these seats will be selected for EVM use by lottery, said Election Commission Public Relations Joint Secretary SM Asaduzzaman said on Sunday. According to EC officials, the chief election commissioner, election commissioners, the EC secretary and other relevant officials have selected 48 seats that are eligible. The six seats will then be selected by random sampling. Though the seats are to be chosen ...

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‘No Objection’ on Khaleda’s photo in election posters

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MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s participation in the upcoming election is yet to be confirmed but the Election Commission has no objection to the use of her photo in the election posters of her party candidates. According to the election rules, only the election symbol, photos of the candidate and the party chief are allowed to be used in the campaign posters for parliamentary election. There is no restriction on the use of Khaleda’s photo in the campaign posters of her party candidates although she has been convicted in a case under the Penal Code, said Election Commission ...

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Stern action if polling officials found biased: EC

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission today warned the election officers of punitive action if any allegations of bias were raised against them during the 11th parliamentary election. “If any allegations of bias are raised against any of the election officers in the election and those are proved through investigations, the commission will take punitive action,” said Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury. “Neutrality is very important for this election,” he added. Shahadat was speaking at a training programme for the field-level election officers at Dhaka’s Nirbachan Bhaban this morning.

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EC to declare election schedule at 7pm Thursday

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MNA National Desk: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda will address the nation on Thursday to announce the schedule of the 11th parliamentary election. The CEC’s address will be aired at 7pm on Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Radio, says a release issued by the Election Commission. Previously, in a meeting on Monday, Jatiya Oikya Front requested the Election Commission to announce the election schedule after dialogues between the political parties and the government had ended. In response to the request, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said it would not be possible to defer the announcement ...

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Nat’l elections at December end: EC

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MNA National Desk: The 11th parliamentary election will be held in the last week of December, the Election Commission said today, reported news agency. Preparation is going on to introduce Electronic Voting Machine in 100 electoral constituencies, EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said. With only a few months left before the national elections, the Election Commission is planning to use electronic voting machines in the polls amid opposition from different political parties including the BNP. In the commission’s electoral dialogues last year, 35 of the 40 registered parties, including the BNP and its allies, opposed the idea of EVM in ...

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Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barishal city polls on July 30

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday set July 30 to hold Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barishal city corporation polls. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda told media this after a meeting of the EC, reported news agency. According to the election schedule, June 28 has been fixed for submitting nomination papers, while the July 1 and 2 for scrutinising those and the deadline for withdrawal of candidature is July 9. Recently, the EC completed the Khulna city polls on May 15 this year. Though the Gazipur civic elections were supposed to be held on the same date, it was ...

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EC to take action against NID corruption

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) is prepared to take tough action against any irregularity, harassment and financial corruption involved in national identification services. The National Identity Registration Wing has issued a stern missive to regional, district and Upazila election officials, warning that they are ready to take harsh legal action against any proven case of corruption. NID Registration Wing Director General Brig Gen Mohammed Saidul Islam sent the instructions to field workers on Nov 13 after receiving complaints and recommendations regarding irregularities and corruption from the Prime Minister’s Office. The EC NID Wing issued its ‘NID Issue, Corrections ...

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BNP attends discussions at Election Commission

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MNA National Desk: BNP, a regular critic of the Election Commission (EC), attends the discussions over the upcoming 11th National Elections. The discussion, part of a series of meetings where the EC listens to electoral reform suggestions from the political parties and other stakeholders, began around 11am on Sunday at the Agargaon headquarters of the EC. Standing Committee Members Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Barrister Maudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sarker, Tariqul Islam, Mahbubur Rahman, Rafiqul Islam Mia, Mirza Abbas, Gayshwar Chandra Roy, Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury was among the BNP delegate which came to meet with the ...

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EC unveils booklet for next general election

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission will be able to keep the next parliamentary elections free from any sort of influence of the government, said Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda after unveiling a booklet of Election Commission’s roadmap for the next general Election. “It’s not only about government influence, but also about any political party and local and international agencies…we’ll be able to keep it free from any influence,” said CEC on Sunday during the programme of launching the roadmap at Nirbachon Bhaban in Dhaka. Earlier, the Election Commission finalized the booklet incorporating seven agenda. The agenda are electoral ...

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No EVM in next national polls: EC

MNA Editorial Desk: The Election Commission (EC) made it clear in their roadmap that Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) won’t be used in the next parliamentary election. However, the EC will begin dialogue with political parties and other stakeholders from July 31 to hold the next parliamentary elections. “The roadmap was finalized after reviewing it in the commission meeting and it will be formally published as a book form on July 16,” Secretary at the EC Secretariat Mohammad Abdullah told the reporters. Abdullah said the EC will begin dialogue with the political parties, stakeholders, civil society, media personnel, observer organizations and ...

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Search committee finalized 10 names to propose President

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MNA Editorial Desk: The search committee has finalized a list of 10 people to propose those to President Abdul Hamid for appointing new chief election commissioner (CEC) and four commissioners. Before going to the president at Bangabhaban, the search committee sat in a meeting on Monday for finalizing the list, said Cabinet Division additional secretary Abdul Wadud. All the six members of the committee, led by Supreme Court’s Appellate Division judge Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, joined the meeting that began at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge at about 4:00pm, which continued for about two hours, reported news agency. This was ...

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AL, BNP submit names to search committee

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MNA National Desk: Ruling Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday proposed five names for making recommendations by the search committee for appointing the new election commissioners. A BNP delegation led by its senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi submitted the proposal to additional secretary Abdul Wadud at the cabinet division, which provides secretarial services to the search committee. BNP leaders said the persons they named are from the civil society and they had no bad records in their professional life. AL’s office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap went to the cabinet division in secretariat at about 12:45pm ...

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Six-member search committee formed for EC re-formation

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MNA Editorial Desk: President Abdul Hamid has formed a six-member search committee to find potential candidates for manning the next Election Commission, said President Abdul Hamid’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin. A cabinet official said the cabinet division has received a letter from Bangabhaban in this connection. He said the authorities are working to issue a notification in view of the letter. The cabinet division, which will be in the secretarial role for the search committee, will soon announce the committee through a gazette notification, the press secretary said. A reliable said the six-member body will be led by an Appellate ...

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Abdul Hamid starts discussions with AL over EC formation

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MNA Editorial Desk: President Abdul Hamid started talks with Awami League on Wednesday afternoon over the formation of the new Election Commission (EC). The meeting started at 4.05 pm at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading a 19-member delegation at the meeting. The other delegation members are general secretary Obaidul Quader, Advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, AMA Muhith, HT Imam, Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Mohammad Zamir; presidium members Mohammad Nasim, Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun and Syed Ashraful Islam; joint general secretaries Dr Dipu Moni and  Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Legal Affairs secretary ...

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Khaleda reached Bangabhaban for EC reformation dialogue

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia has reached to Bangabhaban with a ten member’s team for dialogue with President Abdul Hamid over the reformation of Election Commission (EC). The former Prime Minister entered there around 4:30pm on Sunday to hold the talks. The rest delegation members are Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mahbubur Rahman, Tariqul Islam, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr. Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury. Earlier, BNP sought appointment with the president to submit the 13-point proposals which was ...

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