The by-elections to the vacant mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Kishoreganj-1 constituency will be held on Feb 28. Besides, the by-polls to councillor posts of 36 new wards –18 in DNCC and 18 in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) – will be held on the same day. Bangladesh Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed announced the schedule on Tuesday (Jan 22) after a meeting of the Election Commission at the Nirbachan Bhaban, local media reports said.
According to the schedule of the city corporation elections, the last date for nomination submission is Jan 30 while the scrutiny will be held on Feb 2 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is Feb 9.
An in Kishoreganj-1 by-election, the last date for submission of nomination papers is Jan 31, scrutiny on Feb 3, and the deadline for the withdrawal of nomination papers is Feb 10.
The announcement came following the High Court’s order that cleared the way to hold elections to the DNCC mayoral post and the councillor posts in the 36 new wards of DNCC and DSCC.
In Jan 2018, the Election Commission had announced a schedule for by-elections to the DNCC mayoral post as well as 36 general councillor posts and 12 reserved councillor posts for the 36 new wards being added to the capital’s two municipalities – equally divided between the north and south.
Within days of the announcement though, the High Court stayed the by-elections following writ petitions filed with the court. The court’s order came a day before the deadline for submission of nomination papers.
The EC Secretary also said the Kishoreganj-1 election will be considered as the general election as newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) from the seat Syed Ashraful Islam died before taking oath.
Syed Ashraf died on Jan 3, on the day when other MPs elected in the 11th general elections took oath. He was also MP in the 10th parliament and the Public Administration Minister.