Bangladesh High Court on Thursday said that the Election Commission has violated the constitution by not holding the ninth parliamentary election within mandatory 90 days after dissolution of the last parliament. The High Court, however, accepted the Election Commission’s statement that they will hold the stalled election in December 2008.
On January 27, Barrister Masood R Sobhan filed the writ petition and following the writ, another High Court bench issued the rule on Election Commission to explain why it should not be directed to hold the general elections within 90 days of issuing the rule. The HC also asked the commission to explain why its failure to hold the elections within 90 days of dissolution of the last parliament in October 2006 should not be declared unlawful.
Zahurul Alam has more on the story.