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Rescheduling of City polls

High Court order today

Published : 13 Jan 2020 09:02 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 07:24 AM

The High Court will deliver its order today (Tuesday) on a writ petition that sought a directive on the Election Commission to defer the date of the elections of two city corporations in capital Dhaka as Saraswati Puja of the Hindu community is also on the voting day, January 30.

The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice MD Khairul Alam set the date for passing order after concluding hearing on the petition. Advocate Ashok Kumar Ghosh filed the writ petition saying that Saraswati Puja will start on January 29 and end on January 30.

In the petition, Ghosh said that Saraswati Puja, one of the major religious festivals of the Hindu community, will be held at almost all academic institutions across the country on January 29 and January 30. Polling centres will be set up at the educational institutions for holding the election. As a result, observance of the puja will be hampered, he mentioned in the petition.

Ghosh told reporters that the HC may hold hearing on the writ petition any day this week. On 22 December 2019, the Election Commission announced that the elections to the Dhaka south and north city corporations will be held on January 30.