DOT Desk:  Election Commissioner Kabita Khanam said yesterday vote will be held for the Lakshmipur 2 constituency Jatiya Sangsad seat which was declared vacant following the conviction of Shahid Islam alias Kazi Papul on charges of human trafficking and money laundering by a court in Kuwait, reports Jagonews24.  She stated “I have received a letter canceling the post of Papul MP. There is a provision to hold elections within 90 days of a parliamentary seat being declared vacant. Accordingly, the Election Commission will hold a meeting and finalize the decision.”  Papul’s parliament membership has been revoked in line with Article 66 of the Constitution, according to the gazette notification.
 Article 66 provides that a person shall be disqualified for election as, or for being, a member of parliament who has been, on conviction for a criminal offence involving moral turpitude, sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release.
 Papul was arrested in Kuwait in June last year in cases related to human trafficking, residency visa trading and money laundering. He was sent to prison there.