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Deadline for Dhaka City polls aspirants to remove posters, banners

Sofian Khan

The Election Commission has set a deadline of seven days to remove the campaign posters and banners used by nominees of the upcoming Dhaka city polls. On Yesterday, The Divisional Commissioner for Dhaka has asked to take necessary measures in a letter. The Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral poll will be held in the last week of February, with the full schedule expected to be announced in the second week of January.
Voters will also elect councilors in the 36 new wards of the North and South City Corporations. The EC said in the letter to the Dhaka Division’s administration chief that posters and banners used by people seeking to contest the polls must be removed by midnight on Jan 6. The commission said the polls aspirants have to make sure they have been taken down or else will face legal action.It would be considered as an offence in line with the electoral code and could lead to six months in jail or Tk 50,000 fine or both.The Election Commission reserves the right to scrap a person’s candidacy for violating the code of conduct.The Dhaka North mayoral seat was vacated following the death of Annisul Huq.The previous polls for the two Dhaka city corporations were held on Apr 28, 2015. Huq won it with support from the Awami League. Huq was two years into his term when he was hospitalised for cerebral vasculitis in July during a trip to London. He died on Nov 30.On Dec 1, the Local Government Division declared the mayor’s post vacant, giving the EC 90 days until Feb 27 to arrange new by-polls.

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