Bangladesh sticks to December 18 election date

Bangladesh's military-backed government announced Wednesday it would hold December elections according to the announced schedules, despite the demands of a leading party not being met, dpa reported.

The announcement came an hour before the expiry of a deadline set by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, which had demanded the government delay the poll and allow her party to join.

The parliamentary and upazila (local council) elections would be held according to the previously announced schedule "as there had been no consensus between the political alliances ... (and the) government despite ... all our effort," said Hossain Zillur Rahman, a key adviser to the interim government.

The Election Commission has fixed balloting dates for parliamentary polls on December 18 and for local councils on December 28.

The BNP-led alliance condemned the decision, saying the military- backed government was trying to implement a "blue-print" to hold "a one-sided election" under the state of emergency.

"It has been trying to keep us out of the electoral race to install a rubber-stamp parliament and establish a puppet government," said BNP Secretary General Khaldaker Delwar Hossain.

He called on the authorities to implement a four-point charter of demands to hold an acceptable polls with participation of all parties.

The Election Commission later Wednesday extended the timeline for filing candidatures by a further three days until November 23, keeping the voting date unchanged.

Khaleda Zia had demanded the complete lifting of the state of emergency, deferral of voting dates of both parliamentary and local government polls, and voting by Muslim pilgrims who might not be in Bangladesh during the polls.

The government relaxed provisions of its emergency rule to allow limited electioneering by the parties and candidates for the general election.

On Tuesday the European Union announced that it will send observers to monitor Bangladesh's general election, after concluding that an atmosphere for "a free, fair and credible election" had been created.

Iran unveils volume of loans issued to Golestan Province
Iran unveils volume of loans issued to Golestan Province
Uzbekistan expects GDP to grow in 2021
Uzbekistan expects GDP to grow in 2021
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price starts to fall
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price starts to fall
Loading Bars
Latest
SOCAR expected to see 25% haircut to cash
Assistant to Azerbaijani President due in Barda, Tartar together with diplomatic corps
Switzerland supports territorial integrity of Azerbaijan - Switzerland's FM
SOCAR's liquidity to remain manageable, if its operations continue uninterrupted
Phone conversation held between Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, EU High Representative
SOCAR’s assets, exports not to be damaged from Karabakh conflict
SOCAR’s EBITDA expected to decline in 2020
Destroyed military equipment of the Armenian army - LIST
Latest situation at front line on Oct. 29
OSCE PA to observe parliamentary elections in Georgia
New COVID-12 cases rise sharply in Kazakhstan, total exceeded 111,000
EU moves to avoid COVID shortages, ease trade
Supply of potential COVID-19 vaccines to start in earnest in April: EU's von der Leyen
Brazil reports 158,456 COVID-19 deaths
Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Louisiana
Surge in coronavirus cases set to shake Asian markets
Iraq reports 4,043 new COVID-19 cases, 463,951 in total
5.6-magnitude quake hits 56 km WSW of Changuillo, Peru
France and Germany plunge back into lockdown as second COVID-19 wave sweeps Europe
Iran has condemned occupation of Azerbaijani territories from very beginning - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister
Iranian-Azerbaijani relations have developed rapidly in recent years - Azerbaijani president
If Armenia does not withdraw from rest of occupied territories of its own free will, we will drive them away from there as well - President Ilham Aliyev
UNICEF makes statement on Karabakh conflict calling on to protect children
Iran is next to people and state of Azerbaijan - special representative of Iranian President
Karabakh conflict must be resolved within territorial integrity of Azerbaijan - Special Representative of Iranian President (EXCLUSIVE)
Armenia should know that no provocation can hinder Azerbaijan on its way to victory - MoD
Pakistani ambassador condemns Armenia's attack against civilians in Azerbaijan's Barda
Manpower of Armenian Armed Forces destroyed (VIDEO)
Management of Azerbaijani Emergency Situation Ministry arrive in Barda
Azerbaijani artillerymen destroying Armenian troops' manpower (VIDEO)
Armenian troops firing at Azerbaijani civilian population destroyed with precise fire (VIDEO)
Azerbaijani FM holds telephone conversations with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva: Such barbaric attacks show that atrocities of Armenians have no limits (PHOTO)
President Ilham Aliyev receives delegation led by Special Envoy of Iranian President (PHOTO)
Azercell stands by people in Barda!
Pakistan’s National Assembly adopts resolution condemning Armenian aggression
Armenian leadership acts as if it lost its mind - Turkish Foreign Ministry
Azerbaijani FM, US deputy secretary of state hold phone talks
Armenia threatens not only Azerbaijan's energy security - energy minister
Freedom of speech suppression by Armenian lobby in France unacceptable - analyst
Azerbaijan provides footage of Armenian troops, military equipment being destroyed (VIDEO)
Ministry of Emergency Situations staff among civilians killed in Azerbaijan’s Barda
Natural gas supplied to village of Khulo of Georgian Adjara
Turkmen FM takes part in second session of India-Central Asia Dialogue
Children among dead, wounded in Azerbaijan’s Barda due to Armenian terror - chief physician
Armenia responsible for death of Azerbaijani civilians - Turkish presidential administration
Armenians think shelling of cities will force Azerbaijan to end war - Russian expert
Iran unveils volume of loans issued to Golestan Province
Azerbaijan destroys Armenian troops (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan expands list of settlements banned with entry-exit due to COVID-19
'Reporters Without Borders' condemns Armenian online attacks against French TV reporter
SOCAR Turkey may evaluate operational partnership for Aliaga port terminal
Shelling of residential areas in Barda once again exposes Armenia's terrorist nature - MFA
Uzbekistan expects GDP to grow in 2021
State budget of Georgian Adjara to up in 2021
Turkey says export of domestic mining products to Georgia down
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price starts to fall
Missile attack on Barda once again proves terrorist essence of Armenia - Turkish MoD
President Ilham Aliyev: Blood of Barda residents will not remain unavenged, aggressors will be given decent rebuff on battlefield
Tethys reveals 9M2020 production results at Upper Aptian on KBD-02 sites
Turkmenistan remains main gas exporter to China
France raises import of mining industry products from Turkey in September
Azerbaijan extends special quarantine regime
Iran strongly condemns Armenia's missile attack on Azerbaijan's Barda
Iran's budget reliance on oil sale declines
President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijani Army liberated 13 villages of Zangilan, Fuzuli, Jabrayil and Gubadli districts
Azerbaijan Deposit Insurance Fund compensating thousands of closed banks' clients
U.S. goods trade deficit shrinks in September
Amount of licenses issued for setting up enterprises in Iran’s Bushehr Province grow
Renewables to play key role in energy sector's dev't, Iranian expert says
Armenian Army, inept as to collaborate with PKK, slaughtering Azerbaijanis - Turkish Ministry of Defense
Georgian GDG Group to open wine factory in 2021
Georgian metallurgical company Rustavi Poladi sees increase in its income
Uzbekistan, Turkey develop military cooperation
Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency provides access to finance for innovative project
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan postpone flights resumption date
Servicemen of Azerbaijani Internal Troops urgently sent to Barda
Armenia does not seek to resolve Karabakh conflict peacefully - US military expert
Industrial gas flow obtained at exploration wells in Uzbekistan
Armenian Armed Forces again fire at Azerbaijan’s Tartar by using Grad multiple rocket launchers
Morocco lowers defense products' import from Turkey
Volume of loans issued to manufacturing enterprises in Iran’s Bushehr Province revealed
Azerbaijan drafting laws on gas supply, energy
EAEU countries export large various fabrics to Turkmenistan
Iran enlarges value of exports from Malayer customs
Azerbaijan confirms 340 more COVID-19 recoveries
General Prosecutor's Office gives update on number of victims as result of missile strike on Azerbaijan’s Barda (PHOTO)
If Armenia continues to attack civilians, Azerbaijan to take adequate measures - Assistant to president
Using mosque in Azerbaijan's Zangilan as pigpen is insult to Muslims - Culture Ministry
Romanian expert says digitalization of economy to improve security of EU's energy system
Armenia used cluster munitions to inflict excessive casualties among civilians in Barda - assistant to Azerbaijani president
Kazakhstan's import from Lithuania increases amid COVID-19
Armenian military group annihilated after failed sabotage attempt in Azerbaijan's Zangilan (VIDEO)
Armenian Armed Forces shelling Azerbaijan’s Tartar again
Azerbaijani Armed Forces take revenge for Barda (VIDEO)
By disseminating disinformation, Armenia trying to divert attention from its war crimes
Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations continues search, rescue operations in Barda
Uzbekistan’s 9M2020 export of textile products up
Cluster bomb attacks are new act of genocide against Azerbaijani people - President's aide
Azerbaijan eyes increasing private investment in renewable energy sector - minister
All news