Bogura-1, Jashore-6 by-polls on July 14

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:51, Jul 04,2020 | Updated: 01:29, Jul 05,2020


The Election Commission on Saturday decided to hold the by-elections to Bogura-1 and Jashore-6 parliamentary constituencies on July 14.

The commission took the decision in a meeting at the Nirbachon Bhaban in the capital as there was a constitutional obligation for holding the polls by this time, EC secretary M Alamgir told New Age.

He said that all the election-related activates, including campaigning and polling, would be carried out maintaining the social distancing rule to prevent a further spread of COVID-19.

On March 21, the EC postponed the elections of the constituencies along with the Chattogram City Corporation polls because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The EC postponed the polls particularly as it faced huge criticisms for holding the polls in Dhaka-10, Gaibandha-3 and Bagerhat-4 constituencies on March 21 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Alamgir said that the decision regarding the CCC polls would be taken later as it was the election to a local government body.

The candidates, voters and polling officers, he said, have been asked to follow the necessary health guidelines, as there are risks of COVID-19 infections.

The Bogura-1 and Jashore 6 constituencies fell vacant following the death of Awami League lawmakers Abdul Mannan and Ismat Ara Sadique.

Abdul Mannan died on January 18 and Ismat Ara on January 21.

There is a constitutional obligation that the by-poll should be held within 180 days a constituency falls vacant.

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