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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has announced the national election schedule for the country’s 11th parliamentary election today.
According to the polls schedule, the national election will be held on December 23 this year.
The CEC came up with the announcement while addressing the nation ahead of the upcoming national polls this evening.
KM Nurul Huda in the nationwide televised address said: “Vote cast will be held on December 23 this year. ”
The CEC further said: “The aspirants will have to submit their nomination papers by November 19 while the nomination papers will be scrutinized on November 22. ”
“The deadline to withdraw the nomination forms is November 29,” he said in the 15-minute speech.
Pointing to EVM usage in the national polls, he also said: “We are going to introduce electronic voting machines on a limited scale for the first time in parliamentary elections. ”
“Over six lakh members of law enforcement agencies from police, Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB), Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Coast Guard, Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) will be deployed across the country ahead of the election,” the CEC said pointing to the security initiatives to be taken over holding the national polls.
Urging political parties to take part in the polls he also said: “All irregularities can be checked with the active participation of the supporters of candidates in the polls, so all political parties should join the general election actively. ”
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He began to address the nation around 7pm while the speech of the CEC was broadcast simultaneously on Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar.
Private television channels and radios also broadcast KM Nurul Huda’s speech taking feed from the BTV and Bangladesh Betar.