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Election Commission

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...

Show sources of income in 7 days, ACC asks Ruhal

Show sources of income in 7 days, ACC asks Ruhal

Anti-Corruption Commission has asked former Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque to submit documents containing the sources of his wealth before it within seven days. The ACC came up with the order after interrogating Haque and his son Ziaul Haque at its Segunbagicha office in the capital, Pranab Bhattacharya, public relation officer of ACC told The Daily Star. A team of the ACC led by its Deputy Director Mirza Zahidul Islam quizzed Haque and his son for two and a half hours since 11:00am. The duo was summoned to the ACC today for interrogation in connection with 'accumulating' a huge amount of wealth during a short period. The anti-graft body has decided to interrogate...


Campaign for by-polls ends

The Election Commission claims to have taken all-out measures to hold the Narayanganj-5 by-polls tomorrow fairly and peacefully amid fear of vote rigging and violence. Jatiya Party-nominated candidate Selim Osman and independent candidate SM Akram completed their campaigns yesterday in the constituency that has 3.42 lakh voters. More than 4,500 members of Border Guard Bangladesh, Rapid Action Battalion, Armed Police Battalion, police, Ansar and Coast Guard have been deployed in the constituency to maintain law and order. "We have deployed a sufficient...

Democracy Within Bnp

Party for all, power for one

Party for all, power for one

The Awami League and the BNP claim that they are working for strengthening democracy in the country. But democratic practice within the two major parties still remains a far cry. We ran a report on Monday on how AL ignores its own charter in running the party and we are carrying a report today on the BNP.   BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia enjoys the absolute authority to convene the party's national executive committee meeting. But, over the last 25 months, she hasn't called any. The committee, entrusted with the vital task of coordinating activities of different other bodies of the BNP, must sit at least once in every six months as...

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