UP polls to begin in mega scale in May: CEC


DHAKA, Feb 11, 2021 (BSS) – Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM
Nurul Huda today said that the commission is planning to start union
parishad elections in a large scale across the country in mid May.

He stated this while addressing a function of newly elected
committee of Reporters Forum for Election and Democracy, an
organization of journalists working on EC beat, and farewell of
outgoing committee and reception of new members at the Nirbachan
Bhaban here.

The CEC said another phase polls to rest of the municipalities are
likely to be held on April 7 along with some union parishads.

The commission will take decision about holding the elections to
how many municipalities and UPs at its next meeting on February 17, he

Nurul Huda said elections will not be held during Ramadan and it is
not possible to hold polls in March as it will take a month to prepare
and finalize the list of voters.

There are about 4,500 UPs in the country. The last UP polls were
held five years back in 2016 in six phases and party symbols were used
in the polls.

The UP polls will be held in party symbol this time too, the CEC said.

He said the commission has all-out preparation to hold the fourth
phase municipality polls on February 14.

Nurul Huda hoped that the next phase polls will be held in a
peaceful and proper manner without any violence.

Election Commissioners Mahbub Talukdar, Md. Rafiqul Islam, Kabita
Khanam and Brigadier General Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury (retd.) and EC
Secretary Md Humayun Kabir Khandaker were present on the occasion,
among others.