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DCC polls on the same day May 24: EC
 
DHAKA, April 9 (BSS) - The elections of Dhaka City Corporation North and South will be held on May 24.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakib Uddin Ahmad told newsmen at a press briefing at Election Commission (EC) office here today.

"As per the election schedule the last date for submitting nomination papers is April 19," he said.

The CEC said all nomination papers will be scrutinised on April 22-23 while the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers has been fixed on May 2.

During the briefing election commissioners Abu Hafiz, Abdul Mobarak, Brig. Gen. (retd) Zabed Ali, Mohammad Shahnawaz, EC secretary Mohammad Sadique and returning officers were present.

Mihir Sarwar Morshed and Khandker Mizanur Rahman have been
appointed as returning officers of DCC North and South
respectively to conduct the polls.

A total of 38,58,955 voters from 92 wards are expected to
cast their votes at 1,957 polling centres and 10,256 booths in
the upcoming elections of the two city corporations. There are 12
reserved wards in North and 19 in South.

According to the commission, a total of 21,77,665 voters including 11, 48, 070 male and 10, 29, 595 female voters will elect their representatives in 36 wards in the DCC North elections while 9,16,009 male and 7,65,281 female voters will cast vote at 56 wards in the DCC South.

The EC commissioner said they will require about 30,000 members of the law enforcing agencies for holding the elections peacefully.

During the 21 days of canvassing, 92 executive magistrates will be conducted mobile courts in 92 wards while a judicial magistrate will be on duty for each three reserved wards, the commissioner said.

Besides, the magistrates will be monitoring enforcement against the violation of electoral laws. A total of 10 teams of law enforcing agencies will remain alert to control untoward situation.

The EC will also deploy its own observers to oversee the election environment each of the ward.

The government has bifurcated the DCC into two city corporations North and South by amending the relevant law November 30 last year.

The government also amended the relevant law on February 28 and extended the time limit for holding the polls, which expires May 29.

The CEC said "Election Commission has already completed all necessary preparations to hold the election."

The last DCC election was held in April 2002 but EC could not hold polls despite repeated attempts even though tenure of the last DCC expired in 2007.
 
 
 
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