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Election preparation starts

September 17, 1972

VOTERS' LIST FROM OCT 1

Chief Election Commissioner Justice Mohammad Idrees announces in Dhaka today that enumeration of the voters and the preparation of voters' lists would begin on October 1 this year and the final voters' list would be published on January 30 next year. Addressing the nation over radio and television, the chief election commissioner says that the election authorities are determined to hold the general election in smooth and disciplined manner which, he adds, is imperative for holding impartial election in the country.

'MY ELECTION PREPARATION STARTS TODAY'

Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman spends his third consecutive busy day today after his return to the country. Bangabandhu reaches the Gono Bhaban at 10:00am and stays until 8:30pm. Bangabandhu confers with the Information Minister Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury and Revenue Minister Abdur Rahb Serniabat in the morning.

In the evening, Commerce Minister MR Siddique, Foreign Minister Abdus Samad Azad and Minister for Power, Natural Resources and Scientific Research Dr Mafiz Chowdhury call on Bangabandhu and apprise him of different problems faced by their respective ministries.

At 8:05pm Bangabandhu, along with some of his cabinet colleagues and Awami Lague leaders, witnessed the speech of the chief election commissioner on television. Soon after the speech comes to an end, Bangabandhu remarks, "My election preparation starts today."

APPEAL TO INDIANS

Bangladesh Finance Minister Tajuddin Ahmed today makes a fervent appeal to the people of India not to be confused by the activities of a handful of criminal elements in Bangladesh, acting as agent provocateurs of some foreign powers. Addressing newsmen at Dum Dum airport before leaving for Delhi on his way to London, the minister says that the vast majority of people in Bangladesh who fondly cherish the friendship of India and have a sense of amity with the Indian people will never allow these elements to drive a wedge between the two countries. 

SOURCES: September 18, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq. 

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