September 20, 2021, 2:41 am
The High Court has postponed the by-election of Sylhet-3 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad to be held on July 28 till August 5 in view of the increase in the spread of coronavirus in the country.
A single virtual bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order on Monday (July 26).
Advocate Mohammad Shishir Monir, on behalf of six Supreme Court lawyers and seven local voters, including Saleh Ahmed, filed the writ petition in the High Court on Monday (July 26th) seeking stay of the polls.
Supreme Court Advocate Muhammad Mujahidul Islam, Al-Reza. Amir, Md. Jobaidur Rahman, Md. The writ petition was filed on behalf of Zahirul Islam, Mezbah Uddin and Mustafizur Rahman.
Earlier, a legal notice was issued to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Sunday (July 25) to suspend voting in the polls. Soon after, the election official of the area died of coronavirus. In this case the writ petition was filed.
The seat became vacant on March 11 after the death of Sylhet-3 MP Mahmud Us Samad Chowdhury. The Election Commission (EC) declared the seat vacant in a notification on March 15. As a result, the EC extended the Corona transition for another 90 days, citing the Corona transition as a natural calamity, even though there was an obligation to hold by-elections in that constituency within 90 days, i.e. by June 8. Then on June 2, the schedule of the by-election was announced. According to the schedule, polling day has been fixed for July 14. Subsequently, the EC fixed the polling day on July 28 in a separate notice on June 15.
Highlighting all this information, the writ petition said that due to misfortune, there is an opportunity to hold elections by September 7 as per the constitution. But the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) says there is no chance of postponing the election. This statement of the CEC is not correct.
The petition said that the reasons why it was not possible to hold elections by June 8 still exist in the country. There is a serious infection of coronavirus in the country. Therefore, it is necessary to postpone the election on the question of the lives of the people of the area.