Staff Correspondent
The Election Commission is likely to announce the 11th parliamentary election schedule on November 4.
In this regard, the commission has sent a letter to the Director General of Bangladesh Television, to broadcast chief election commissioner, Nurul Huda’s speech, EC sources said.
However, all election commissioners led by the CEC would meet President M Abdul Hamid on November 1 to inform him about the election preparation and announcement of the polls schedule.
An election commissioner told Bangladesh Post, the commission is likely to announce the polls schedule on November 4.
The CEC will announce the election schedule for the 11th parliamentary polls to the nation through BTV, he added.
“After meeting the President, we will hold a full commission meeting on declaring the polls schedule. The commission has sent a letter to the BTV for broadcasting the schedule declaration,” he said, adding that the commission would hold the polls in the last week of December.
EC secretary, Helaluddin Ahmed, on Thursday told reporters that the commission has plans to hold the next parliamentary polls by December this year.
“We want to hold the next general elections by December this year. After meeting the President, the commission will hold a meeting on announcing the polls schedule. The CEC will announce the polls schedule to the nation,” he said.
EC officials said the commission will hold a meeting with the Home Ministry, Armed Forces Division, Bangladesh Bank, Public Administration and Education ministries along with 23 other ministries and departments of government about the election preparation and plans. The meeting will be held at 11:00 am at Nirbachan Bhaban on October 31.
Meanwhile, the commission has completed procurement of electoral equipment, updated voter list, preparing voter CD of 300 parliamentary constituencies, listing of polling stations, demarcation of parliamentary constituencies, and dialogue with the political parties and stakeholders, EC officials said.
They also said, the EC will send electoral equipment by helicopter, where needed.
The commission prepared a list of 42,000 polling stations for 104.2 million voters ahead of the 11th parliamentary election, and five thousand more centres may be added for smooth voting, he said, adding that the preparation of voter list has already been completed.
The commission is now working to reform the electoral laws and code of conduct for the general elections. If the amendment to the Representation of People Order does not get passage in parliament, the EC will apply it through ordinance, EC officials said.
All tasks will be completed by October, they added.
The tenure of the 10th parliament expires on January 28, 2019. The EC has to hold election three months before the end of current parliament to fulfill constitutional obligation.
As per constitution the next government will have to be formed before January 24, 2019. If elections are held as per schedule the next government may be formed even on January 10, 2019.