Government Policy

Presidential election: CEC seeks appointment with Speaker

The chief election commissioner on Sunday sought an appointment from Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury for a meeting about holding the 22nd presidential election.

Confirming the matter, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury told reporters that CEC Kazi Habibul Awal communicated with her and the meeting is likely to be held this week.

“During the meeting, CEC would come up with a draft schedule for the election and he would announce the schedule as per his convenient time,” she said.

She said that the Election Commission Secretariat also contacted the Parliament Secretariat on the same day.

There will be no need to summon a Parliament session for the election, as per the law. Rather, a meeting will be called by the CEC for electing the president by the MPs. CEC will preside over that meeting.

If there is only one candidate then that meeting will also not be required.

She said that the detailed schedule of the presidential election will be discussed in the CEC's meeting with her.

The Election Commission will declare a single candidate as the winner as per law.

Besides, EC secretary Jahangir Alam told reporters that the presidential election, due to the obligation of the law, the election must be held between January 23 and February 23. As such, the Election Commission has started its preparation.

Explaining the law, he said that elections should be held within 90 days of the end of the term of the president.

Source: United News of Bangladesh