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Dhaka City Corporations

EC starts polls preparation

The Election Commission has started preparations for holding the long-overdue elections to Dhaka city corporations in late May or early June. Talking to The Daily Star, an election commissioner yesterday said: “We have not taken any decision on announcing the polls schedule. But I think the last week of May would probably be a suitable time for the polls.” EC Secretary Sirazul Islam said preparations are underway at the field level for holding the election and it would take over two...

Online registration for new voters introduced

Online registration for new voters introduced

The Election Commission today introduced an online application system for the registration, correction and replacement of voters’ polling areas. The system allows new voters to register online and existing voters to correct information and apply for area change. “We have introduced the new system today aiming to make registration, correction and replacement process easier,” said...

EC ready for DCC polls

The Election Commission has already taken necessary logistic preparations for holding the long overdue Dhaka city corporation elections that remain pending due to complexity over boundary demarcations. "It is a big election. There are over 40 lakh voters... So, we need to take huge logistic preparations, and we have been already prepared," said Election Commission Secretary Sirazul Islam yesterday. "We have completed updating the voter list, and sought budgetary allocations from the finance ministry for the election," he told reporters at...

Talks move failure to put sovereignty at risk: Brig Shakhawat

Talks move failure to put sovereignty at risk: Brig Shakhawat

Hailing the initiative by concerned citizens’ urge for talks, former Election Commissioner (EC) Brig Gen (retd) M Shakhawat Hossain today said if the steps fail, external interference in Bangladesh will increase. “And the country's sovereignty will become vulnerable,” Hossain said when he was speaking at a human chain in front of National Museum in...

Voters to get smart NID cards in March

The Election Commission is going to start distribution of smart National Identity (NID) cards among voters on March 26 as it expects to begin the card generation process within a month. Around nine crore voters of the country would get smart NID cards free of cost, said EC Secretary Sirazul Islam. The commission had recently singed an agreement with French company Oberthur Technologies for producing the smart cards, he told reporters at a press briefing at the EC media centre in...

Updated Voter Roll

46 lakh new voters added

Around 46.72 lakh new voters -- 26.25 lakh male and 20.46 lakh female -- have been added to the existing list of 9.19 crore across the country, according to the draft of the updated voter list published by the Election Commission yesterday. The new roll is now available at district and upazila election offices, ward councillors' offices in city corporations and municipalities as well as union parishad offices, and on www.ec.org.bd, www.ecs.gov.bd, and www.services.nidw.gov.bd. EC Secretary Sirazul Islam yesterday informed this...

ACC drops probe on AL MP Enamul’s wealth

ACC drops probe on AL MP Enamul’s wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has dropped its investigation on the wealth of ruling Awami Legaue lawmaker Enamul Haque saying that the allegations against him were false. The Rajshahi-4 lawmaker came under the graft radar following an ACC report alleging that he had hidden Tk 215 crore worth asset in his wealth statement submitted to...

Did AL fulfil its pledges?

Did AL fulfil its pledges?

Have Your Say Based on the pledges the AL made during the 2008 election, The Daily Star made a wish list on Jan 6, 2012. Three years down the line, how much has the government delivered? Leave your comments and let us publish your thoughts. 1. Resolve stalemate over caretaker government 2. Form an acceptable Election...

Delay due to ministry

The Election Commission yesterday blamed the LGRD Ministry again for delaying the elections to Dhaka City Corporations, saying the ministry did not complete boundary demarcation which is a must for holding the long delayed polls. "We have repeatedly sent letters to the ministry asking it to complete the demarcation. But the ministry kept saying it was working on it," Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad told reporters at the EC's media centre. His statement came a day after the Prime Minister...

Arrest warrant for Khoka, 8 others

Arrest warrant for Khoka, 8 others

A Dhaka court today issued arrest warrants against former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and eight others in a case filed for hurling crude bombs at the Election Commission office in October last year. After accepting the charges against Khoka and eight others, Judge Jahurul Haque of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court passed the order.    The order came after Sub-Inspector Moshiur Rahman, also the investigation officer of the case, appealed to the court to issue an arrest warrant against Khoka and eight others as they were shown fugitives in the charge sheet. The court asked officers-in-charge (OCs) of different police stations to submit by February 11 reports on execution...

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