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With just a month ahead of announcing the schedule for the eleventh parliamentary polls, the Election Commission (EC) is working to appoint around seven lakh election officials, on temporary basis, who will work to organise polls successfully.
In this regard, the commission is preparing the list of election officials for conducting elections in 300 parliamentary constituencies, a senior official of the EC told Bangladesh Post on Sunday. During the tenth parliamentary polls, the EC appointed five lakh election officials who conducted the polls.
The commission is now taking all-out preparations for holding the polls in a free, fair and impartial manner. It will announce the polls schedule of the next general election within first week of December and the election will be held in the last week of December, EC sources said.
“We have sent letters to the district election offices seeking the list of election officials who will manage the vote casting during the polls. Some of them have already sent the list to the commission. The EC will finalise the lists after getting all,” a deputy secretary of EC said.
However, the CEC has started a tour of different districts to discuss the next general elections with the field-level officials.
The commission has already completed major tasks, including floating tender for procurement of electoral equipment, updated voter list, preparing voter CD of 300 parliamentary constituencies, listing of polling stations, demarcation of parliamentary constituencies, and dialogue with the political parties and stakeholders, EC officials said.
The commission prepared a list of 40,199 polling stations for 104.2 million voters ahead of the 11th parliamentary election, and five thousand more centres may be added for smooth voting, they said, adding that the preparation of voter list has already been completed.
As the Representation of the People Order (RPO) is yet to be finalised, the commission is not preparing the election manual and user guide of the electronic voting machines (EVMs). All tasks will be completed by October, EC officials said.
Sources said RPO amendments are likely to be placed in the upcoming session of current parliament.
The tenure of the 10th parliament expires on January 28, 2019. The EC has to hold election three months before the end of current parliament to fulfil constitutional obligation.
As per constitution the next government will have to be formed before January 24, 2019. If elections are held as per schedule the next government may be formed even on the 10th of January, 2019.