POST TIME: 24 February, 2020 09:59:54 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 February, 2020 01:13:04 PM
No laminated poster for Dhaka-10 campaigning
One loudspeaker allowed for each candidate: EC

No laminated poster for Dhaka-10 campaigning

Election Commission (EC) has directed the candidates of the upcoming Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-polls not to use laminated posters as part of their election campaign.

In addition, the EC has put a bar on indiscriminately using loudspeakers in the polling areas for the purpose of election campaign and allowed to use only one loudspeaker.

The commission came up with the decision yesterday after holding a views-exchange meeting at the Election Training Institute (ETI) with the candidates of the Dhaka-10 constituency, for which the by-election is scheduled on March 21. Chief

Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda was also present on the occasion.

EC put restrictions on using laminated posters and loudspeakers indiscriminately in a bid to prevent environmental pollution following concerns of the environmentalists and the apex court order.

After the meeting, the EC took six decisions that said each candidate is allowed to set up one election camp at each ward and use one mike.

No candidate or political party or organisation on his behalf is allowed to use laminated posters indiscriminately.

EC said the candidates can attach their posters to the designated 21 spots only. However, they can hang posters at their election office or camps.

EC has also imposed bar on holding public rally during election campaign. However, each candidate is allowed to bring out maximum five processions. But candidates must talk to the police and Returning Officer to fix the place for procession.

The vehicular movement would remain normal, but motorcycles will remain out of the streets.

There will be no general holiday in the election areas during polling, the EC said.

The CEC said, “These changes would come in the upcoming election code of conduct. We would bring amendment to this regard in the elections.”  

EC came up with the decision following the sufferings of people during the recently concluded Dhaka city elections. People, especially examinees of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC), suffered because of using loudspeakers indiscriminately.

Besides, the candidates of Dhaka City polls used laminated posters, which create much concerns among environmentalists and others. Even the apex court on January 22 ordered the concerned bodies to immediately stop production and display of laminated election posters in order to save environment.

Meanwhile, Returning Officer GM Sahatab Uddin announced all six aspirant candidates valid for the Dhaka-10 elections at the ETI.

The valid candidates are Awami League candidate Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, BNP candidate Sheikh Rabiul Alam, Jatiya Party candidate Hajee Md Shahjahan, Bangladesh Muslim League candidate Nawab Khwaja Ali Hasan Askari, Bangladesh Congress party candidate Mizanur Rahman and Progressive Democratic Party candidate Abdur Rahman.

As per the EC’s schedule, the last date of withdrawal for nomination papers of the by-polls is February 29 and the vote will be held on March 21.

Dhaka-10 parliamentary seat fell vacant as Awami League MP Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh resigned on December 29 to contest the Dhaka South City Corporation polls.