HC rule on authorities to explain in four weeks
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the authorities to explain within four weeks why they should not be directed to demarcate the areas and determine the number of the wards of Dhaka City Corporation on the basis of equal number of population before holding the upcoming DCC election.
The HC bench of Justice Md Momtajuddin Ahmed and Justice Naima Haider issued the rule upon a public interest writ petition filed by one Shamim Mollah, a voter of ward No 17 of the DCC.
The LGRD and cooperatives secretary, the chief election commissioner, the DCC mayor and deputy commissioner of Dhaka were made respondent.
The petitioner prayed to the court to direct the respondents to implement the provision of the gazette notification issued on October 15, 2009, saying that the areas and the number of wards of every city corporation will be determined according to the latest population census.
He said the DCC was divided into 90 wards in 1993, and the latest population census was held in 2001.
The differences between the population and the voters of the wards of DCC are very high, he said citing an example that the number of population of ward No 6 of DCC is 1,05,096, while the population of its ward No 73 is 10,695.
The petition said budget allocation for development works of the wards are obstructed due to the differences.
The petitioner said the areas of the wards of DCC should be demarcated on the basis of population to allocate the development budget equally for all the wards.