The High Court on Thursday stayed for four months the elections to the positions of councillors for 18 wards newly incorporated in the Dhaka North City Corporation and six female councillors from the reserved seats for women in those wards.
The bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Faruque also asked the government and the chief election commissioner to explain in four the legality of the schedule for holding the election on February 26.
The order came a day after the Dhaka North City mayoral by-election and the elections to the positions of councillor for 18 new wards and six female councillors from reserved seats were stayed for three months by another bench.
The elections in the Dhaka North City were also scheduled for February 26.
Thursday’s order came following two writ petitions filed by Jainal Abedin Ratan, the chairman of Demra union parishad which was incorporated in the Dhaka South City, and Mozammel Mia, a voter of the same union.
The petitioners argued that the law required the elections to the positions of the mayor and the ward councillors to be held simultaneously but the Election Commission announced the schedule for holding elections to the positions of ward councillors violating the law.
They also argued that the election schedule was announced without abolishing the chairmanship of the union parishad.
The tenure of the union parishad chairman would end in 2020, they said.
Lawyers Rafikur Rahman and Partha Sarathi Mandal appeared for the petitioners while deputy attorney general Amatul Karim Swapna represented the state.
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