3rd phase of upazila polls March 24

Staff Correspondent

14th February, 2019 10:58:22 printer

The third phase of upazila election will be held on March 24 in 127 upazilas of 25 districts under seven divisions.

Election to the posts of chairman, vice-chairman and reserved vice-chairman will be held on party line.

The last date for filing nomination papers is February 26 while scrutiny will take place on February 28. The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is March 7, according to the polls schedule.   

Election Commission (EC) joint secretary (public relations) SM Asaduzzaman announced the polls schedule at a press conference at the EC office in the capital on Thursday.

The first phase of upazila elections will be held on March 10 in 87 upazilas of 12 districts under four divisions.

The second phase of upazila polls will be held on March 18 in 129 upazilas of 17 districts under five divisions.

The fourth phase of upazila election will be held on March 31 while the last phase of the five-phase polls will be held after the Ramadan, which is likely to begin on May 5. The fifth upazila polls will be held in 480 out of the 492 upazilas across the country while around Tk 500 crore will be spent on holding the elections.

The fourth upazila election was held in 2014 in six phases. A total of 487 upazilas went to polls in six phases at that time.

The Upazila Parishad was initiated in 1985 and its election was held in a single day in 1990 and 2009. But in 2014, the EC conducted the election in six phases.