December 4, 2017, 5:38 pm
The government has declared vacant the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation after the death of its mayor Annisul Huq.
The local government ministry on Monday issued a circular saying that the DNCC mayoral post fell vacant on 1 December.
According to the electoral law, the election commission will now have to hold a by-poll to elect people’s representative for the vacant post in 90 days for the rest of the DNCC tenure.
If any post of mayor or councillor of a city corporation falls vacant 180 days before the expiry of their tenures, a by-election to the post shall be held within 90 days since the day it falls vacant to fulfil the post for the rest of the tenure, reads Article 16 of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009.
Election commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Sunday told a group of newsmen that the commission is ready to hold the by-polls in 90 days to the mayoral post once the ministry issues a gazette notification declaring the post vacant.
Annisul Huq, who was elected DNCC mayor on the ticket of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) in a controversial election in April of 2015, died on 30 November while undergoing treatment at a London hospital.