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Uncertainty looms over municipal polls by Dec

  • ANM Mohibub Uz Zaman
  • 18th November, 2015 09:58:50 AM
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Holding municipal polls on party basis by December ha become uncertain, as the Election Commission (EC) is yet to receive gazette notification on the amendment to municipality elections law.

More than 40 to 45 days are needed for taking preparations for an election while the commission has 43 days left before December, EC Secretary Sirajul Islam told daily sun.

The commission is yet to get the revised law and regulations for the municipality elections, he added.
It is not possible to arrange municipal polls by December if the gazette notification on the revised law cannot be issued by November 19, said an EC official.

The cabinet on November 9 gave final approval to the draft of the Local Government (Municipality Amendment) Law 2015 with some changes in the ordinance promulgated earlier.

The commission is waiting for the ordinance of the amended law for holding the elections.
The EC Secretary said the commission will fix the municipal polls schedule soon after it will get gazette notification on the ordinance.

The commission recently proposed that it should be given the authority to fix poll schedule. In this regard, it seeks to bring an amendment to the revised municipality polls law.

It will take a long time to issue the ordinance of revised municipality election law if the government will add further change in proposed amendment, said another EC official.  

Holding of municipality polls by December is facing uncertainty due to complexity in bringing amendment.

The commission made amendment to municipality polls law without taking opinion from political parties and law experts. It even did not keep review system for the amendment.

Some legal officials said the commission should have taken opinion from all parties  before amending the law. It has revised the law in a short time and sent it for approval from the law ministry.

Earlier, the commission said elections to around 245 municipalities will be held across the country by December this year. A total 75 lakh voters are expected to cast their votes in the polls.

The budget for the upcoming elections has been fixed at Tk 100 crore while it was Tk 36 crore in 2011.As per section 20 of the Local Government (Municipality) Act 2009, elections must be held in a municipality within the last 90 days before the expiry of its tenure.

The elections to 261 municipalities were held in four phases from January 12-18 in 2011 under the Election Commission headed by ATM Shamsul Huda.