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Bangladesh EC to announce poll schedule despite political deadlock

Election authorities in Bangladesh are set to announce a date for the general elections despite a political deadlock between the ruling Awami League-led combine and the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance, Jatiya Oikya front.
Nov 8, 2018
DHAKA: Election authorities in Bangladesh are set to announce a date for the general elections despite a political deadlock between the ruling Awami League-led combine and the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance, Jatiya Oikya front.
 
Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda will address the nation late on Thursday, November 8, to announce the poll schedule, a spokesman said, despite the Jatiya Oikya front crying foul and threatening protests.
 
Voting is likely to be held in late December, although the opposition wants it pushed back to March. The opposition also wants parliament to be dissolved first and for a neutral caretaker government to take office, but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has rejected the demands as being unconstitutional.
 
Negotiations between the ruling alliance and opposition front ended on Wednesday, but major contentious issues that have created uncertainty ahead of the election remain unsettled.
 
During the more than three hour long talks on November 7, the ruling Awami League-led combine rejected opposition demands for the formation of a caretaker poll-time government, led by a chief adviser, dissolution of parliament before the announcement of election schedule and deferment of the election by a month. 

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