First phase of UZ polls on March 10

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Staff Reporter:

The first phase of UpazilaParishad elections will be held on March 10 next.

Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin announced the election schedule at a press conference at the EC secretariat on Sunday.

The last date for the submission of nomination papers is February 11 while that of withdrawal on February 19. The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held on February 12.

On January 10, EC Secretary HelalUddin Ahmed said the polls would be held in phases starting from the first week of March.

The first UpazilaParishad elections were held in 1985, while the following three were held in 1990, 2009 and 2014. The last one was organised in six phases.

Election to 87 upazila parishads of 12 districts under Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions will be held in the first phase.

The decision was taken at the 45th meeting of the commission held at the Election Commission with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair.

The EC secretary said the Upazila Parishad polls will be held in five phases.

The second phase of the Upazila Parishad elections is scheduled to be held on March 18, while the third phase on March 24, the fourth phase on March 31 and the fifth phase on June 18.

The first phase of the local body elections will be held in all  upazilas of Panchagarh, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur districts under Rangpur division, all upazilas in Jamalpur and all  upazilas of Netrakona district except Atpara upazila under Mymensingh division, all upazilas of Sunamganj district except Jagannathpur upazila and  all upazila of Habiganj district except Shayastaganj upazila in Sylhet division, all upazila of Sirajganj district and all upazilas of Joypurhat and Rajshahi districts and all upazilas of Natore district under Rajshahi division.

Besides, the Election Commission fixed March 4 for the elections to the JS reserved seats.

The last date for the submission of nomination papers is February 11 while that of withdrawal on February 16. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on February 12. unb

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