EC to discuss on further polls deferral: EC secy

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Dhaka, November 14: Election Commission (EC) Secretary Helal Uddin on Wednesday said that the election commission to decide on further delay in election schedule after discussion.He made the remarks at a press conference at the commission after holding separate meetings with ruling Awami League and opposition alliance Jatiya Oikyafront, a combine of AL’s archrival BNP and several other parties, this evening.

“A lot of issues like gazette notification (of elections results), Biswa Ijtema and new books distribution at the new year are connected with the election schedule,” he said.

“In spite of that, we will discuss the matter and take decision,” he added.

The election date was shifted from December 23 to December 30 on Monday. But Oikyafront rejected the revised schedule, saying the polls should have been deferred by a month.

Expressing regret for the clash between police and BNP activists in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan office, the EC secretary said, adding that the EC will enquire the incident.