EC for permanent fixation of parliamentary constituencies in mega cities

DHAKA : The Election Commission wants to fix the number of parliamentary constituencies in mega cities, including capital Dhaka, permanently, reports UNB.
“It’s essential to fix number of constituencies in mega cities like the capital,” the EC said it its roadmap for the next national election, which was unveiled on Sunday.
Arguing for fixation of the number of constituencies in the mega cities, the EC in its roadmap said the population census counts the present location, not the permanent address of every citizen.
“Many people live in mega cities due to their professional works, but they remain registered as voters in their own areas (permanent addresses). Besides, many others live and remain voters in urban areas, but they’ve engagement in their rural (ancestral) areas,” it added.
“So, it’s essential to reform the legal structure to re-demarcate the parliamentary constituencies, if the issues are considered,” the EC said.
Now there are 15 constituencies in Dhaka city while 20 in Dhaka district.
As per the roadmap, the EC also wants to consider the number of voters and the size of area alongside the existing three issues-the size of population, geographical integrity and administrative convenience – while redrawing the country’s 300 parliamentary constituencies.
The EC has already started its move to amend the Delimitation of Constituencies Ordinance, 1976 for incorporating the two issues-the number of voters and the size of area – in it. The existing section 6 (2) of the Delimitation of Constituencies Ordinance states, “The Constituencies shall be so delimited, having regard to administrative convenience that each constituency is a compact area and in doing so due regard shall be had, as far as practicable, to the distribution of population as given in the latest census report.”
The Election Commission earlier formed a committee, headed by election commissioner Kabita Khanam, to reform electoral laws ahead of the 11th national election, likely to be held in late December 2018.


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