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UPDATED: 15:26, January 30, 2007
Bangladesh's High Court bans holding all elections in 3 months
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Bangladesh's High Court has ordered a ban on holding all elections, including the national elections of the country, which was due this month.

Responding to a petition filed by a voter of Dhaka-6 parliamentary constituency, a division bench comprising Justice Syed M Dastagir Husain and Justice Mamnoon Rahman passed the orders on Monday.

Bangladesh's general election, which was due on Jan. 22, was postponed by Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed on Jan. 11 as one of the two major political camps decided to boycott the general election.

The boycotting political camp -- Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance said it will not join the election because the voter list was not done properly. The grand alliance alleged that the voter list was updated by the men in the Election Commission loyal to the immediate past ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

The grand alliance also alleged that President Iajuddin Ahmed, who also took the post of Chief Advisor of caretaker government, was also a BNP man and under him no election will be free, fair and credible.

Bangladesh introduced the caretaker government in 1996, which stipulates that a non-party caretaker government will supervise the national election within three months after it takes office.

Iajuddin Ahmed took over the post of Chief Advisor of caretaker government on Oct. 29 as the five-year tenure of BNP-led four party alliance government ran out on Oct. 27.

But AL alleged that Iajuddin is not a non-partisan man as he was chosen as president by BNP-led four party alliance government.

Iajuddin Ahmed resigned from the post of Chief Advisor on Jan. 11, declaring state of emergency in the country and postponing the general election.

A new caretaker government was formed on Jan. 13, which has been saying that it will hold the general election after preparing the voter list with identity card.

Source: Xinhua

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