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Upazila Parishad polls to begin in March

Photo : A Bangladeshi woman casts her vote at a polling station in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Police fired at protesters and more than 100 polling stations were torched in Sunday’s general elections marred by violence and a boycott by the opposition, which dismissed the polls as a farce.


The Election Commission is set to organise the Upazila Parishad elections in March, and the vote will be staggered in five phases.

The previous elections were held in six phases between March and May 2014.

The schedule for the Upazila Parishad polls will be announced in the first week of February, said EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed in a press briefing on Monday.

According to law, the elections must be held within 180 days before the incumbent Upazila councils run their term.

The EC plans to continue the trend of conducting the elections swiftly by holding division-wise voting.

The elections in eight divisions will be completed in four days. The polls for the remaining Upazila Councils will be held in the fifth phase.

Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs will be used in the Upazila elections and these will be fully utilised in the Sadar Upazilas, said the EC secretary.

The next elections will be first to be held along party lines following amendments to the law.