Chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad rejected a suggestion of pro-BNP professionals to extend nomination submission deadline for the Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation elections. Citing several issues including Pakistan cricket team’s tour to Bangladesh in April, CEC Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said it is not possible to extend the March 29 deadline. He came up with the remarks following a meeting with Shoto Nagorik, a pro-BNP platform.
The six-member delegation of the professionals headed by Prof Emajuddin Ahmed, former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, placed a 6-point recommendation to the CEC for holding the city polls in a peaceful and fair manner. The recommendations include extending the deadline for submission of nomination papers by two to three days, preventing “ruling party’s attempts” to harass candidates supported by other parties and their polling agents .