Elections to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) will be held in January next year.
Election Commission secretary Md Alamgir came up with the announcement at a press conference at the capital's Nirbachan Bhaban on Sunday.“The election to the two city corporations will be held likely in the mid or last part of January,” he said emerging from the Sunday’s meeting presided by Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.
The Election Commission conducted a meeting on Thursday in which the progress of the Dhaka’s two City Corporations and Chattogram City Corporation election was discussed and the meeting extended to Sunday.
Election to the two city corporations will be held on the same day in January, said the senior secretary.
“The schedule of the election will be announced any day after November 15. Voting of the two city corporation will hold with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) under the current voter lists,” said Md Alamgir.
“The decision over Chattogram City Corporation was not decided as the time for election of the city has come. Election of the city corporation will be held with new voter list in the last part of March,” he said.
The last polls to the two city corporations in Dhaka and Chattogram City Corporation were held on April 28, 2015.The first meeting of the DNCC was held on May 12 and that of the DSCC on May 15 in 2015.
Tenures of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) will expire on May 11 and May 14, 2020 respectively.
The elections should be held between mid-December, 2019 and mid-May, 2010, according to law.
It usually announces a polls schedule about 40-45 days ahead of the polling day.
The DNCC has 54 wards and the the DSCC 75 wards. One councillor from each ward is elected directly.
In the April 2015 city polls, the Awami League-backed Annisul Huq and Sayeed Khokon were elected mayors of DNCC and DSCC respectively.
The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant following the death of Annisul on November 30, 2017.
Businessman Atiqul Islam was elected DNCC mayor in the by-election to the city corporation, held on February 28 this year.