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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...

Election project may lose fund

International donors plan to reduce financial assistance to the Election Commission following the "one-sided" parliamentary polls on January 5 and the subsequent "controversial" upazila elections. The assistance comes through the five-year Strengthening Election Management in Bangladesh (SEMB) project administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with financial cooperation from the European Union (EU), the UKaid and the USAID. "Following the one-sided 10th Parliamentary Election on 5 January where elections didn't even take place in more than half of the constituencies...

Two lakh new voters listed in Dhaka city

Over two lakh new voters in the capital would be included in the updated electoral roll, said Election Commission officials yesterday. The EC went door-to-door for information about the new voters from September 1 to September 13. Now, the eligible people will have to go to the respective registration centres where photos would be taken and other necessary procedures done between September 18 and November 15, added the EC officials. During the updating of the electoral roll, those who are eligible...

Miscreants beat B'baria election officer

Unidentified miscreants severely beat up the election officer of Brahmanbaria this afternoon. Injured Belayet Hossain, the district election officer, was admitted to Brahmanbaria General Hospital with severe head injuries. A group of seven to eight people went to the election office and asked Balayet to enlist some names in the voter list around 1:15pm, said Akul Chandra Biswas, officer-in-charge (OC) of Brahmanbaria Police Station. As the officer asked them to contact the Dhaka headquarters of the election commission since the date of...

No need to check them

Ignoring the demand of experts and the civil society, the Election Commission said it would not scrutinise audit reports on annual incomes and expenditures of political parties. "As the reports are audited by registered chartered accountants, we don't need to scrutinise those anymore. Those reports are acceptable to us," said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad. "Besides, there is no legal provision to audit the reports by the Election Commission," he said at a press conference held at the media centre...

BNP spent 3 times its income last year

BNP's expenditure on different party activities in 2013 was three times its income in the year, according to an audit report submitted by the party to the Election Commission (EC). The party's annual income was Tk 76,05,761 while its expenditure was Tk 2,27, 00,362, said the report. After an extension of the deadline by two weeks, a four-member delegation led by BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi yesterday submitted the report to the EC's Acting Secretary Sirazul Islam. "Our main source...

Polls Expense Report

EC sues Ershad

EC sues Ershad

The Election Commission has filed a case against Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad for not submitting the expense report of his campaign in Lalmonirhat-1 constituency even six months after the January 5 polls. On Thursday night, Returning Officer Md Habibur Rahman filed the case with Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station under section 74 of the Representation of the People Order (RPO), 1972. "Police will investigate the matter and submit a report in this connection to the court," Mahfuzur Rahman, officer-in-charge of the police station, told The Daily Star yesterday. But he did not mention any specific timeframe for submission of the report. As per electoral law, all contesting candidates have to submit their electoral...

Ershad sued for ‘not submitting’ polls expenses

Ershad sued for ‘not submitting’ polls expenses

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was sued for not submitting the expenditure of his campaigns for January 5 polls in Lalmonirhat-1 constituency to the Election Commission. Habibur Rahman, the returning officer and also the deputy commissioner in Lalmonirhat filed the case last night. As per the rules of EC, Ershad did not submit his election expenditure to the district returning officer till Thursday afternoon, said Mahfuzur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station. The election official also filed a case against the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) candidate Sadekul Islam, who contested from the same constituency, for same reason, the police official told our Lalmonirhat correspondent. The cases were lodged following the direction of...

ACC seeks Ruhal's sources of wealth

Anti-Corruption Commission has asked former Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque to submit sources of his wealth before it within seven days. The ACC came up with the order after quizzing Ruhal and his son Ziaul Haque for two and a half hours at its Segunbagicha office in the capital yesterday, said a source. A top official of ACC said the former minister already has submitted some documents on his wealth. Based on Ruhal's wealth statement submitted to the Election Commission it was...

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