The High Court Division would today give its order regarding two writ petitions challenging Dhaka North City mayoral by-election set for February 26.
The petitioners sought stays on the by election as well as the maiden councilor elections in Dhaka North City’s 18 newly created wards and six female councilors from the reserved seats in the wards 13 to 18, set for the same day.
A bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed said that an order would be given after hearing the Election Commission.
Bhatara union parishad chairman Ataur Rahman and Beraid union parishad chairman Md Jahangir Alam filed the petition.
Their lawyers, Qumrul Haque Siddique and Mustafizur Rahman Khan argued that the polls schedules were illegally declared before updating Dhaka North City’s voters’ list after inclusion of 18 new wards with it.
They also argued that holding councilor polls in the wards before abolishing the union parishads would also be equally illegal.
The submitted that the unions, outside the Dhaka North City, were made wards and included with the city without abolishing the union parishads or without vacating the chaimen’s offices though the incumbents’ five-year tenure would end in 2020.
The respondents include Local Government and Rural Development’s ministry secretary, the chief election commissioner and the acting mayor of Dhaka North City.
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