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11th National election likely in last week of December : EC Secretary

Published on: 9:16 pm - Tuesday | August 28, 2018
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The Election Commission is contemplating to hold the next general election in the last week of December next and to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in 100 out of 300 parliamentary constituencies.

EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said this while talking to reporters at his Nirbachan Bhaban office in the city on Tuesday, reports UNB.

“The 11th national election will be held in the last week of December next. There’s no possibility to arrange the polls in January as the new academic year of school students will begin at that time. If the election is held at that time, the academic activities of students will be hampered,” he said.

The EC Secretary said school students enjoy vacation at the end of December.

About the EVMs, Helaluddin said, “The EC has a plan to use electronic voting machines in the upcoming parliamentary polls. To this end, a proposal has been sent to the Planning Ministry to procure 1.5 lakh EVMs.”

“If everything goes well, including legal reform and opinion of political parties, the EC will be able to use EVMs in one-third constituencies in the

parliamentary polls,” he added.

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