Ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party will start today selling nomination forms for the elections to 25 municipalities slated for December 28.
The AL will distribute nomination forms from its president Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi and the BNP will sell forms from its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office at Gulshan, the parties said in separate press releases on Monday.
The AL will sell forms till November 27 and the BNP till November 29.
On November 22, the Election Commission announced the schedule for the elections to the 25 municipalities.
Out of 329 municipalities in the country, elections to 259 municipalities would be held in five phases starting on December 28, when 25 municipalities will go to the polls.
According to the schedule, the last date for filing nomination papers for the elections to the 25 municipalities is December 1 and the last date for withdrawing nomination papers is December 10.
The municipalities are Panchagarh sadar, Pirganj of Thakurgaon, Fulbari of Dinajpur, Badarganj of Rangpur, Kurigram sadar, Puthia of Rajshahi, Shahajadpur of Sirajganj, Chatmohor of Pabna,
Khoksa of Kustia, Chuadanga sadar, Chalna of Khulna, Betagi of Barguna, Kuakata of Patuakhali, Ujirpur and Bakerganj of Barishal, Gafargaon of Mymensingh, Madan of Netrokona, Manikganj sadar, Dhamrai of Dhaka, Sreepur of Gazipur, Derai of Sunamganj, Barlekha of Moulvibazar, Shayestaganj of Habiganj and Sitakunda of Chattogram.
EC officials said that the elections to rest of the municipalities will be held by May.
According to the officials, 259 municipalities would be eligible for elections by May 2021 as the commission last held elections to the municipalities on December 30, 2015 and most of the elected mayors took oaths in January 2016.
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