Cabinet endorses partisan local govt polls

The Cabinet on Monday approved drafts seeking amendments to four laws and framing of an ordinance, aiming at holding local government elections on partisan basis, through party nomination and symbol.

The decision, subject to the vetting of the law ministry, was taken at the regular weekly meeting gov1of the Cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

With such proposed amendments to the laws, the nominated candidates of different political parties registered with the Election Commission or independent candidates will be able to take part in local government body polls, said Cabinet secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan while briefing reporters after the meeting.

The laws, proposed to be amended, are: ‘Local Government (Union Parishad) (amendment) Bill, 2015’, ‘Upazila Parishad (amendment) Bill, 2015’, ‘Zila Parishad (amendment) Bill, 2015’, Local Government (City Corporation) (amendment) Bill, 2015’.

The Cabinet Secretary said the day’s meeting, however, decided to frame the draft of the ‘Local Government (Pourashava) (amendment), Bill, 2015’ as an ordinance since parliament is not in session now while the next countywide Pourashava elections would be held by December next.