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The Election Commission is set to announce the polls schedule for the next parliamentary polls on November 8.
The chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda will declare the polls schedule through Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar on the day to the nation, election commissioner Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury told reporters after an emergency commission meeting held at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital.
The commission has decided to fix the date of announcing the polls schedule after a letter sent by the Oikyafront requesting to announce the polls schedule after all dialogues are over.
“The commission will maintain the standard time frame of holding the next general elections. The EC will keep minimum 45 days in its hands to hold the polls,” the commissioner added.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission on Sunday finalised the procedure of using electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the next parliamentary.
“The commission has finalised the procedure of using electronic voting machine in the next parliamentary polls. Now it will go to the law ministry for vetting. Afterwards it will be published as gazette notification,” joint secretary of the EC SM Asaduzzaman told Bangladesh Post after the meeting.
The EC held a meeting on election preparation chaired by the chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda at Nirbachan Bhaban on Sunday afternoon.
The ordinance Representation of the People’s Order (RPO) includes use of EVMs was approved by President Abdul Hamid on November 1.
The senior EC official said the commission will sit once again on Sunday regarding schedule of the next parliamentary polls.
The EVM method will be used in parliament polls after using it in the local government polls eight years ago. The EC used EVM in Chattogram City Corporation polls in a limited scale in 2010.
EC officials said the commission plans to use EVMs in the upcoming parliamentary polls in a limited manner. Meanwhile, leaders of AL and BNP made different arguments regarding use of EVMs in the national polls.
The previous commission, led by ATM Shamsul Huda, procured the EVMs with the assistance of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) for use in polls.
Then the commission used EVMs at some wards at Narayanganj City Corporation, Narsingdi municipal polls and all centres in Comilla city polls.
The previous commission led by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, used EVMs partially at Rajshahi and Rangpur city polls. But some technical glitches occurred at centres in Rajshahi city polls. Due to glitches, the commission has decided to stop use of EVMs in the polls until the technical problem is removed.