Dhaka – The mayoral by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation will be held on February 26, the Chief Election Commissioner announced on Thursday.
KM Nurul Huda, head of the commission, came up with the announcement at a news conference at his office. The mayoral position in the north unit of the city fell vacant after the death of incumbent mayor Annisul Huq on November 30, 2017.
Local Government Division declared the post vacant on December 1.
Earlier a senior election official said that the commission had been contemplating for the by-election in late February.
Helal Uddin Ahmed, acting secretary of the commission secretariat, on December 17 told reporters that the schedule for the election would be announced on the second week of January.
The election must be held within three months (90 days) after the constituency fall vacant, according to the law of the city corporation.
Annisul Huq, the ruling Awami League nominated candidate, won the DNCC election on April 28, 2015.
The voting to a total of 36 new wards in the DNCC and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) will also be held on the same day, the EC official said.
Both ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party have been concentrating on the mayoral election, which will be held only few months ahead of the national election scheduled to be held after October.
Aspirants from both camps have started lobbying to get party tickets for the prestigious mayoral position.