February 24, 2024, 2:54 pm

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2023-11-29 14:31:10 BdST

12th national pollsEC to finalise election centres, officials

The Election Commission has finalised the list of over 42 thousand polling centres and several thousands of election polling officials for the upcoming national election.

Following the announcement of details, the Election Commission has sought the final list of polling centres and the list of potential Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers, and Polling Officers.

Deputy Secretary Atiar Rahman communicated with 66 returning officers concerning the 300 parliamentary seats in question.

According to Ashok Kumar Debnath, the additional secretary of the Election Commission, the customary practice is for the Election Commission to release the roster of polling centres a minimum of 25 days ahead of the election day.

Consequently, he indicated that the Election Commission has requested returning officers to submit the conclusive list by December 12.

Additionally, he mentioned that election officers will undergo training before overseeing the voting process.

The upcoming election is anticipated to involve over 162,000 polling centres, with an expected turnout of up to 120 million voters. To manage this, over 700,000 election officers will be required, including additional personnel on the officers' panel.

The beginning of the countdown to the 12th general election occurred on November 1, marked by the announcement of the election schedule by the chief election commissioner on November 15.

As per the schedule, the voting is set to take place on January 7. Nomination submissions are required to be submitted by November 30, with the election commission conducting scrutiny of the nomination papers from December 1 to December 4.

Aspiring participants can submit an appeal challenging the decision of the returning officers between December 6 and December 15, with the final deadline for withdrawal of nominations set for December 17.

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