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Newly-elected MPs to be sworn in Thursday

Newly-elected MPs to be sworn in Thursday

Bangladesh Election Commission sent a letter to the parliament secretary for taking necessary preparation to organise the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected lawmakers of the 11th general election. Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said this while talking to newsmen at the EC office today, local media reported.

The oath-taking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday (Jan 3). Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will conduct the oath at the ‘Oath Room’ and all the necessary preparations in this regard have been taken.

On Tuesday, the Election Commission published the gazette with details of 298 MPs.

Responding to a question about not oath taking of five elected Bangladesh Nationalist Party - BNP MPs, the EC Secretary said it is a rule to take oath within three days of publication of the gazette and the 11th parliament will go into session within a month. If anyone fails to take oath within 90 days of the 1st session, his constituency will fall vacant.

The polling was held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. peacefully in 299 seats out of total 300 on Sunday (Dec 30) as voting in Gaibandha-3 constituency was suspended due to death of a candidate earlier.

However, the results of Brahmanbaria-2 constituency was postponed as voting in three centers of the constituency was suspended.

According to the election results, Bangladesh Awami League bagged 259 seats, HM Ershad-led Jatiyo Party secured 20 seats while BNP got just five seats.

Workers Party bagged three seats while Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal two seats, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh two seats and Tariqat Federation one seat.

Gonoforum bagged two seats while Manju-led Jatiyo Party (JP) one seat and independent candidates got three seats.