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Zila Parishad Polls

27 chairmen elected unopposed

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday said 27 chairman candidates have been elected unopposed in the polls to 61 zila parishad slated for October 17.

The EC disclosed the information after scrutinising the nomination papers for zila parishad polls. The candidates will get the symbosls on Monday.

A total 114 candidates were elected unopposed. Of them, 27 in the chairman posts and 19 in reserved member and 68 general member posts, according to the statistics.

Most of the candidates elected unopposed are ruling Awami League men, said sources.               A total 2,895 candidates submitted nomination papers to contest for the posts of chairman, reserved and general members. Of them, 162 are vying for chairman posts, 715 for reserved member posts and 1982 for general member posts.

A total 90 chairman candidates, 620 reserved member candidates and 1,505 general candidates are on the race.

The 27 zila parishads where the candidates were elected unopposed in the chairman posts are: Cumilla, Kurigram, Gopalganj, Chapainawabganj, Jamalpur, Jhalakathi, Tangail, Thakurgaon, Dhaka, Naogaon, Narayanganj, Noakhali, Pabna, Pirojpur, Feni, Borguna, Barishal, Bagerhat, Bhola, Madaripur, Munshiganj, Moulvibazar, Laxmipur, Lalmonirhat, Shariatpur, Sirajganj and Sylhet.

The EC on August 23 announced that the elections to 61 zila parishads will be held using electronic voting machines on October 17.

The government announced the termination of the zila parishads on April 17.

According to the Zila Parishad Law, the parishads expire after five years from the date of the first meeting. There is also a provision to hold elections 180 days before the expiry of a parishad’s tenure.

But the elections were delayed due to the passing of the Zila Parishad (Amended) Bill- 2022 recently.

The Election Commission cannot take initiative to hold any election of the zila parishad on its own without the clearance of the LGRD ministry.