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12:00 AM, January 25, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, January 25, 2019

Patuakhali Municipality Polls

Election to be held after eight long years

After eight long years, election to Patuakhali Municipality is going to be held on February 28.

The Election Commission (EC) declared the election schedule for the municipality polls on January 22.

The municipality polls was last held on January 11, 2011 and after the end of the tenure in 2016 EC couldn't hold a fresh election due to a disagreement over demarcation of the municipality area.

According to a gazette notification signed by EC Deputy Secretary Atiar Rahman on Tuesday, January 30 is the last date of nomination papers submission, scrutiny will be held on February 3 and last date of withdrawal of nomination is February 10.

Following the declaration of the polls schedule, ruling party wings Jubo League and Chhatra League bought out a joyful rally in the town on Wednesday night.

In 2011 election, Awami League candidate Dr Shafiqul Islam won the mayoral race by defeating BNP-backed candidate Maksud Ahmed Bayazid Panna.

Although the mayor's tenure was ended in 2016, the EC couldn't arrange the next polls as a case was filed over demarcation of Patuakhali municipality and its adjacent three unions Jainkathi, Kalikapur and Itbaria under Patuakhali Sadar upazila.

A total of 45,179 voters, including 23,301 female, will cast their votes in the upcoming election.

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