Dhaka – The by-election to Bogra-6 parliamentary seat, which was vacated by BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will be held next month, election commission officials said.
The commission on Wednesday fixed June 24 for voting to the parliamentary constituency, according to the schedule announced by the election commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmad.
The voting will take place from 9am to 5 pm on that day, according to him.
The last date of nomination paper submission for the by-election is on May 23 and the deadline for withdrawal of candidature is on June 3.
The election officials will scrutinise the nomination paper on May 27. The election symbol will be allocated among the contenders on June 4.
The commission will use the Electronic Voting Machine at all polling stations to be set up for the by-election.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the secretary general of the opposition BNP, was elected lawmaker to the 11th parliament with his party ticket. But he did not swear in to parliament within the stipulated time despite five other lawmakers-elect from his party took oath on the last day.
His party initially decided to stay away from parliament after a humiliating defeat in the December 30 general election. The party accused the ruling Awami League of rigging the vote.
Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury announced on April 30 that the Bogura-6 constituency was vacant as Fakhrul failed to take oath.
According to the Article 67 of the constitution, the seat of a member of Parliament will be vacate if he/she fails to take oath or affirm to do so within the 90 days from the date of the first sitting of parliament after election date.
According to the constitution, the by-election has to be held within 90 days after a seat becomes vacant.
Fakhrul, however, defended saying that he did not take oath as part of the party strategy.