By-elections to seven parliamentary constituencies
vacated by four top leaders will be held on March 30, the Election Commission
(EC) announced yesterday.
The constituencies are Kishoreganj-6, Bagerhat-1,
Rangpur-3 and 6, Bogra-6 and 7, and Kurigram-2.
According to the polls schedule, the deadline for
filing nomination papers is March 2 while the scrutiny of the nominations on
March 5 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures on March 12.
Kishoreganj-6 constituency of Zillur Rahman fell
vacant, as he was sworn-in as the president of the country on Thursday. Prime
minister Sheikh Hasina, opposition leader Khaleda Zia and Jatiya Party chairman
HM Ershad vacated two seats each as per the rules after they won from three
constituencies each in the December 29 parliamentary elections.
Hasina vacated Bagerhat-1 and Rangpur-6 seats keeping
Gopalganj-3 for herself, Khaleda vacated Bogra-6 and 7 seats keeping Feni-1 for
herself and Ershad vacated Rangpur-3 and Kurigram-2 seats retaining Dhaka-17
It will be the first ever by-election to be held under
the newly formed AL-led government. Questions arose in the past over the
credibility of by-elections held under different political governments because
of unwanted interference.