The share of parliamentary seats for Dhaka district is not going to be increased in the next parliamentary election while the existing laws regarding demarcation of the parliamentary constituencies may be amended.
Election Commissioner (EC) Begum Kabita Khanam made the announcements at the EC office in the Dhaka’s Agargaon area on Thursday.
In a reply to a question, the election commissioner said she was quite sure that the parliamentary seats for Dhaka district would not be increased in sync with its increased population while she could not confirm if the seats for Dhaka would be reduced.
She said: “The area of a constituency and the number of voters along with the number of population in that given region will be taken into account before reinstating the delimitation lines of constituencies.”
“The number of population in Dhaka might have increased but the number of voters might not,” the first female election commissioner of the country added.
There are 20 parliamentary seats in Dhaka district right now.
She further said: “We have been working to find out if there is any opportunity to modify relevant laws including the Representation of the People's Order (RPO), 1972 with a view to conducting a smooth and fair election.”
“RPO and laws regarding the demarcation of constituencies will be translated to Bangla,” she added.
“We will take opinions from the experts and the experienced filed level officials of election commission before amending the laws.”
This article was first published in Bangla Tribune