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HC rejects writ, keeps poll date unchanged

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Staff Reporter, Dhaka
HC rejects writ, keeps poll date unchanged

The High Court (HC) has paved the way for the Election Commission (EC) to hold the two Dhaka city corporation elections on January 30. In its order, an HC bench, comprising Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam, summarily rejected a writ petition filed for shifting the election date. The HC bench came up with the order after considering the progress in the election process and the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams scheduled for February 2.

The elections to the Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation will be held as per the previous schedule on January 30, lawyers concerned said. The HC bench said the government holiday for Saraswati Puja was fixed earlier on January 29 and nobody raised any objection against it.

According to the Bangladesh calendar, Saraswati Puja is slated for January 29. Even the Supreme Court (SC) calendar has fixed the holiday on January 29. This means the Puja would celebrated a day before the elections, the HC bench said.

After taking into account all aspects, the EC fixed the election date on December 22. But nobody, not even the Hindu community, raised any objection. The first application for shifting the election date was submitted on January 6. The EC has completed poll preparations, including allocation of symbols to candidates, the HC bench said.

So, under the circumstances, there is no scope for shifting the date of holding the two city corporation elections. “We did not find any merit in the petition to defer the election date and the petition is summarily rejected,” the HC bench said.

After the HC order, Advocate Rana Das Gupta, one of the counsel for the petitioner, told reporters that the EC had violated the fundamental rights of the Hindu community by fixing the date of the polls on January 30.

On the other hand, senior secretary of the EC Secretariat, Md Alamgir, said the elections would be held as per the scheduled date after the court’s order and devotees would be able to perform their rituals without any problem. “They filed the writ before the court against the EC’s scheduled date as they were not satisfied with our explanation. The court has held a hearing and has been convinced with the EC’s explanation. Now, the city polls would be held as per the court’s order,” he added.

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