Dhaka – The High Court on Wednesday stayed the by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation for three months.
The voting to the DNCC was scheduled for February 26.
A High Court division bench comprising Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order after hearing on two writ petitions filed against the election.
The order came two days after the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party announced Tabith Awal as candidate and a day after the ruling Awami League finalised nomination to businessman Atiqul Islam.
The court also issued a rule asking the Election Commission to explain as to why the High Court shall not declare illegal the schedule for the mayoral by-polls and elections in newly new 36 wards added to two city corporations in the capital Dhaka.
Ahsan Habib Bhuiyan, a lawyer who moved the petition, said the court stayed the polls after the hearing to petitions filed by two chairmen of Union Parisahd on the outskirt of the city. The unions were turned into wards under the city corporation.
The Election Commission on January 9, 2018 announced the schedule for the by-polls as the mayoral position in the north city corporation was vacant after the death of incumbent mayor Annisul Huq on November 30.
Chairmen of Bhatara Union Parishad and Beraid Union Parishad, which have been included in DNCC as wards, had filed writ petitions against the election.