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Hold GCC polls by 28 June

WT24 Desk

The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for holding Gazipur City Corporation elections, revoking the High Court order issued on Sunday in the midst of polls campaign.

The apex court also asked the election commission to arrange the voting within 28 June.

The ballot was scheduled to be held on 15 May, until the High Court had intervened in the scene and suspended the GCC election process for three months.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, issued the fresh order after hearing three separate petitions.

One petition was filed by the election commission and two others were filed by mayoral candidates – the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s Hasan Uddin Sarkar and ruling Awami League’s Zahangir Alam.

Lawyers representing the EC, the AL and the BNP were present during the hearing.

On 6 May, the HC bench of justice Naima Haider and justice Zafar Ahmed stayed the Gazipur City Corporation elections, following a writ petition filed by a Savar AL leader demanding exclusion of a few villages from GCC. The government had issued a gazette notification in that respect in 2013.

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