The Election Commission on Friday sent letters to all the registered parties to inform the commission about the parties’ decision over joining alliance for next general election slated to be held on December 23.
Speaking at a news briefing at the Nirbachan Bhaban in Dhaka, EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters that the EC sent the letters addressing the party’s general secretaries or secretary generals asking to respond within three days.
He also said that there was no bar against non-registered party’s candidate to contest the polls under the registered party using its symbol.
He also said that the EC appointed deputy commissioners of all the districts and two divisional commissioners as returning officers to conduct the 11th parliamentary elections while upazila nirbahi officers have been appointed as assistant returning officers and in some constituencies, assistant
commissioners (Land) have been made assistant returning officers.
He said that the deputy commissioners have been made returning officers for all the constituencies of the district concerned
except Dhaka and Chattogram.
In Dhaka, the divisional commissioner has been made the returning officer for 15 constituencies while the deputy commissioner for the rest five constituencies of the district, he said.
In Chattogram, the divisional commissioner has been made the returning officer for six constituencies while the deputy commissioner for the rest 10 constituencies of the district.
The EC secretary also said that they issued an order fixing highest Tk 10 spending for every voter.
He, however, said that no candidate will be allowed to spend more than Tk 25 lakh.
On Thursday, the EC announced the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections fixing December 23 as the polling day despite protests from opposition parties who were campaigning for no announcement of the schedule before any political consensus on the polls.
The schedule also fixed November 19 as the deadline for the submission of nomination papers, November 20 for the scrutiny of the nomination papers and November 22 as the deadline for the withdrawal of candidacy.
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