38 JS constituencies re-demarcated

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:19, Mar 14,2018 | Updated: 00:06, Mar 15,2018

 
 

The Election Commission announced Wednesday that it had tentatively re-demarcated 38 parliamentary constituencies in 16 districts keeping administrative integrity in the view.
The re-demarcation of constituencies has been done by re-adjusting the voters, acting EC secretary M Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters.
He said that the EC would receive objections from the voters, if any, until April 1.
After addressing possible objections, he said, the re-delimitation of the constituencies would be finalized for the notification in the official gazette.
An EC committee headed by election commissioner Rafiqul Islam re-demarcated the constituencies, he said.
The re-demarcated constituencies include, Nilphamari-3 and 4, Rangpur-1, 3 and 4, Kurigram-3 and 4, Pabna-1 and 2, Magura-1 and 2, Khulna-3 and 4, Satkhira-3 and 4, Jamalpur-4 and 5, Dhaka-2, 3, 7, 14 and 19, Narayanganj-4 and 5, Shariatpur-2 and 3, Moulvibazar-2 and 4, Brahmanbaria-5 and 6, Comilla-1, 2, 6 and 10, Noakhali-4 and 5 and Chittagong-7 and 8.
Due to pressure from ruling Awami League leaders, over 40 other constituencies could not be re-demarcated, said EC officials.
But these constituencies should have been re-drawn for the same reasons for which 38 constituencies were re-demarcated, said the officials.
They said that there were also local demands for redrawing these constituencies.
EC officials said that some of the top AL leaders opposed bringing major changes in the constituencies.
During its talks with the EC on October 18, AL opposed the idea of amending the Delimitation of Constituencies Ordinance before the next census on the plea of avoiding legal complications.
But BNP consistently demanded restoration of constituencies to their pre 2008 status.
AL wants no changes to the constituencies drawn in 2008.
Most of the 40 registered political parties at their pre-election dialogue with the EC in October, demanded re-drawing the constituencies on the basis of population, number of voters as well as administrative and geographic integrity.
The next general election is due on January 28, 2019, at the latest. 

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