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Bangladesh Election Commission to Announce Election Dates Soon 


The Election Commission in Bangladesh has decided to defer the scheduled parliamentary elections for nine to 11 days to give the BNP led 4-party alliance an extended time for poll preparation to ensure their participation.

The Commission expects to announce a fresh schedule today and the new polling date is likely to fall between December 27 and 29, CEC ATM Shamsul Huda saidon Saturday after holding a crucial dialogue with the leaders of Awami League-led grand alliance.

The Commission on Friday began fresh talks with the key players in power politics to reschedule the election date in a bid to accommodate the BNP-led alliance in the fray.

The Commission however, failed to build any consensus on the polling date issue as the AL-led grand alliance did not agree to "shoulder it" which they said a responsibility of the EC.

The grand alliance leaders, however, did not make any effort to influence the Election Commission to push back the scheduled parliamentary election or to hold it on December 18, sources inside the meeting said.

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