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By-polls to Sylhet 3 constituency on September 4

  • Published at 03:42 pm August 23rd, 2021
The Election Commission is planning to use EVMs at the polling centres in one-third of the country’s 300 constituencies, a move which drew huge criticism from oppositions and independent observers Syed Zakir Hossain
File photo of an electronic voting machine (EVMs) Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The voting, originally scheduled for July 28, was stayed due to the Covid-19 lockdown

The Election Commission has fixed September 4 to hold the by-election to Sylhet-3 constituency, originally scheduled to be held on July 28. 

The constituency fell vacant after the death of Awami League MP Mahmud Us Samad due to the coronavirus on March 11.

The decision came during a commission meeting on Monday, EC Secretary Humayun Kabir Khandaker told the media.

According to the schedule, the candidates can carry out election campaigns from 8 am on September 1 to 8 am, September 2.

“Since the by-polls were stayed just two days before voting, the candidates can run campaigns for only one day,” said Khandaker.

On July 26, the High Court stayed the by-polls to Sylhet-3 till August 5, after a petition saying that holding the by-election on July 28 was contradictory to the lockdown.

On August 5, the court directed the EC to complete voting there by September 7.

Habibur Rahman Habib is running for the by-polls on the ruling Awami League’s ticket along with Jatiya Party’s Mohammad Atiqur Rahman, Bangladesh Congress’ Junayed Mohammad Miah and Shafi Ahmed Chowdhury, a BNP rebel candidate.