N'ganj city polls Dec 22: CEC

N’ganj city polls Dec 22: CEC

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Dhaka – The election in Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) will be held on December 22 along party line, the first such polls in any city corporation of the country.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Monday announced the election schedule at the media centre of the Election Commission Secretariat.As per the schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is November 24, while the dates for the scrutiny of the nomination papers are November 26 and 27 and the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is December 4.
The election symbol will be allocated among the candidates on December 5.
The NCC will go to the second polls as its five-year tenure expires on December 26 next.
In the NCC polls, political parties can field candidates alongside independent contestants for the mayoral post as per the latest amendment made in November last year to the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009.
Deputy Secretary at the EC Secretariat Nuruzzaman Talukdar was appointed the returning officer of the election, while nine other district and upazila-level election officers as assistant returning officers.
A total of 4,79,392 voters –2,41,514 men and 2,37,878 women—are expected to exercise their franchise in the polls to elect a city mayor, 27 ward councillors and nine women councillors from reserved seats.
The city corporation is comprised of 27 wards under two upazilas –Sadar and Bandar– and four police stations – Narayanganj, Bandar, Sidwirganj and Fatulla.
If anyone gets aggrieved with the decision of the returning officer during the scrutiny of the nomination paper, s/he can file a petition with the appeal authority (Dhaka Divisional Commissioner), challenging the decision from November 28 to 30. And the appeal authority will have to dispose of the petition from December 1 to 3.
The maiden election to NCC was held on October 30, 2011 when Dr Selina Hayat Ivy was elected the country’s first female city mayor defeating Awami League-backed Shamim Osman.
BNP-blessed mayoral candidate Taimur Alam Khandaker had quit the race hours before the election.
While announcing the election schedule, the CEC said the Election Commission will sit in a meeting with law enforcement agencies to finalise security arrangements for the polls.
Asked whether army members will be deployed in the election, he told reporters, “We’ll finalise the security measures following the assessment of the situation at the meeting with the law enforcement agencies.”

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