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BNP to boycott DNCC, upazila polls

Published: January 24, 2019 21:48:53 | Updated: January 26, 2019 15:24:23


BNP has decided to stay away from the mayoral by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and elections to upazila councils.

Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the decision after a meeting of the party’s policymaking National Standing Committee on Thursday.

“No election under this government will be free and fair. So, our Standing Committee has decided not to contest in these elections,” he said.

The Dhaka North mayoral by-polls will be contested on Feb 28, two months after the general election.

The Election Commission is also holding the ballot for the councillors in the extended parts of the Dhaka North and South city corporations on Feb 28, according to the election schedule.

The deadline for nomination submission for mayoral by-polls in Dhaka North and elections to the 36 new wards of the two city corporations expires on Jan 30, according to bdnews24.

The staggered Upazila council elections will begin from the second week of March, EC officials said.

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