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>parliamentary polls on Dec 18, upazila polls on 24 & 28

>CHIEF Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed tonight declared that the much anticipated ninth parliamentary election will be held on December 18 this year, and the polls to upazila parishads will be held in two phases on December 24 and 28. (full report)
Addressing the nation, the military backed caretaker government chief said the Election Commission (EC) will announce the detailed schedules for both polls at an appropriate time and the state of emergency will be relaxed for electioneering. 
“No more there can be any doubt over the polls. I firmly believe we are moving towards holding the elections with participation of all political parties,” the chief adviser said adding, “The two leaders of the two major political parties have already declared participation in the polls.” 
He said relevant rules and regulations of the state of emergency will be either relaxed or suspended to facilitate electioneering, so the elections can be held in a lively atmosphere with spontaneous participation of all.
All major political parties have been persistently demanding that the state of emergency be lifted before the national ballot.
“The government will not hesitate or step back from doing whatever is needed for holding free and fair elections. Our pledge and determination will be implemented in light of the national aspirations,” the chief adviser said.
With the chief adviser’s announcement yesterday, long-drawn debates and speculations over the polling dates for the parliamentary and upazila parishad ballots came to an end, meeting the political parties’ demand for holding the all-important national ballot first

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