Update April 21, 2018

Dhaka 4-52 pm, 10-August, 2020

Hearings over delimitation of constituencies begins

Mirajul Moin Joy

21 April 2018, Nirapad News: The hearings on appeals over delimitation of different parliamentary seats began today at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city’s Agargaon.

In the morning, hearings on northern districts’ constituencies- Nilphamari-3, Rangpur-1 and 3 and Kurigram-4- were held while hearings on Chapainawabganj-1, Sirajganj-1 and 2, Pabna-1 and 2 and Pirojpur-1, 2 and 3 were held in the afternoon.

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, Election Commissioners Mahbub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Begum Kabita Khanam and Brigadier General (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury were present in the hearings.

“I objected to the Election Commission’s draft gazette announcement in the hearing as I think this draft demarcation is illogical. If it is made effective, voters of my consistency will have to travel through river ways for four hours to go to their lawmaker,” Ruhul Amin, MP from Kurigram-4, told newsmen after the hearings.

On the other hand, Kurigram’s Chilmari upazila chairman Shawkat Ali Sarker, Bir Bikram, said the area of Kurigram-4 constituency in the draft delimitation of the commission remains same as it remained from independence to before the 10th Jatiya Sangsad election.

But the area demarcation was changed conspiratorially before the 10th parliament election, he said.

“We welcome the Election Commission’s draft delimitation of the constituency. We want implementation of the draft delimitation as it is,” Sarker said.

As many as 12 appeals were made in favour of draft delimitation of Kurigram-4 constituency while 28 were against the draft.

Hearing on Khulna, Sylhet and Mymensingh divisions will be held on April 23, Chittagong on April 24 and Dhaka on April 25.

Final gazette is expected to be published on April 30 after completion of hearings.

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