>parties must apply for registration by Oct 15

>THE Election Commission (EC) yesterday announced that political parties must apply by October 15 to register with it on meeting a set of criteria. (Full report)
Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda made the announcement at a press briefing at the EC Secretariat.
New provisions incorporated in the Representation of People Order lately make registration mandatory for the parties to contest the parliamentary polls.
They also stipulate a number of conditions for registration. Those include having provisions in the party constitution disallowing front organisations or chapters abroad.
The EC plans to wrap up the registration by October 30 and a few days after that, announce the schedule for the general election tentatively planned to be held in the third week of December.
Officially, the registration process will get underway with publication of a gazette notification on the registration rules today or tomorrow, said sources in the EC.
Immediately afterwards, the commission will publish a circular in the newspapers, inviting applications for registration.


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