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Presidential election on Feb 19

Presidential election on Feb 19

The schedule for the 22nd Presidential election in the country was announced on Wednesday (Jan 25) fixing the polls date on Feb 19. Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal announced the schedule, Election Commission (EC) Secretary Md Jahangir Alam told National News Agency of Bangladesh.

On Feb 19, the voting will be held from 2 p.m. 5 p.m. in the Parliament Complex of the Jatiyo Sangsad.

He said, according to the schedule, the nomination papers can be submitted to the Chief Election Commission (CEC) office till 4 p.m. on Feb 12.

Scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on Feb 13 from 10 a.m. while nomination papers could be withdrawn till 4 p.m. on Feb 14.

The President may hold office for five years from the date of assumption of office.

The incumbent President Md. Abdul Hamid assumed office on Apr 24, 2018. Accordingly, his five-year tenure will end on Apr 23, 2023.

According to the constitution, members of parliament are voters in the Presidential election.  

Bangladesh Awami League has the absolute majority in the current parliament. In that case, there is no possibility of any party other than Awami League giving a candidate.

If there is one candidate for the presidency, the election of the President will not require a meeting or voting in parliament.