Dhaka, Dec 3 (Just News): The election commission has said it is ready to hold the by-polls in 90 days to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation as it fell vacant with the death of its mayor Annisul Huq.
“We are ready to hold the by-polls as per the electoral law. We’ll hold the polls within 90 days since the day it falls vacant,” EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told a group of newsmen at the EC secretariat on Sunday.
He said the commission will begin the preparatory work for the by-polls once the local government ministry publishes the gazette notification declaring the mayoral post vacant.
Article 16 of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009 says that if any post of mayor or councillor of a city corporation falls vacant 180 days before the expiry of their tenures, a by-election to the post shall be held within 90 days since the day it falls vacant to fulfil the post for the rest of the tenure.
Annisul passed away at a London hospital on Thursday night. He was diagnosed with cerebral vasculitis after he was admitted there on 13 August.
He was buried in Banani graveyard on Saturday afternoon.