A good number of aspirants in the Dhaka city elections, almost all of ruling Awami League and Jatiya Party, are yet to remove their posters from their localities violating the electoral code of conduct.
Though the Election Commission on Thursday asked the aspirants and political parties to remove their election campaign materials, including posters, banners and hoardings, form two Dhaka city corporation areas within midnight past Thursday, the posters of AL and JP aspirants were available at almost all the areas.
The electoral code of conduct for the candidates of Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation circulated by the Election Commission on December 22 says that any candidate or any political party or any individual or organisation or institution on behalf of the candidates should not begin election campaign before allocation of their electoral symbol.
But, reports received from different corners of the capital on Saturday said that the Election Commission’s direction is grossly violated.
The reports, quoting locals, said that new posters of the aspirants were pasted at different areas at the night past Friday.
A few aspirants, however, had removed their posters from their areas.
The posters reading ‘We want to see Awami League law affairs secretary Advocate Kazi Md Nazib Ullah Hiru Bhai as the mayor of Dhaka South city’ was available at places including Kakrail, Paltan, Bangabandhu Avenue, RK Mission Road and several other areas in old town of Dhaka.
As aspirants of councillors, AL leader Aminul Islam Shamim’s posters for DSCC ward 9, Monirul Islam Rana’s posters for ward 13, AL leader Jasim Uddin’s posters for ward 13 and local Jatiya Party leader Shamimul Islam Tara’s posters for ward 19 and JP local leader Monwara Taher Manu’s posters for reserved seat for female of ward 35, 36 and 37 were available at their respective areas.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperative minister Tajul Islam, replying to a question after attending an event organised by the City Development Journalist Forum Bangladesh at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital on Saturday, said that his ministry officials would be in field from today to remove the posters.
He said that his ministry officials could not begin the works as Friday and Saturday were holidays and that they would take action against those who would violate rules.
As per the election schedule, the elections to the two city corporations would be held on January 30.
The last date for nomination paper submission to the returning officers is December 31 while the nomination papers would be scrutinised on January 2.
The deadline for withdrawing candidature is January 9.
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