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Fresh poll dates after talks with political parties

The new caretaker Govt in Dhaka will announce fresh poll dates after the council of advisors take stock of the current situation.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 17:41 IST

The new caretaker government in Bangladesh would announce fresh poll dates after the council of advisors take stock of the current situation in the country and hold discussions with various political parties, officials said on Tuesday.

The polls scheduled for January 22 were put off after President Iajuddin Ahmed resigned as head of the caretaker government and proclaimed a state of emergency in the country.

The officials said the new dates would be set after the council of advisors take stock of the situation along with the demands of the political groups to ensure a free and transparent election so that poll results does not trigger any more unrest.

The demands of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League-led mega alliance are introduction of voters' ID cards, correct voters' list and what they call reshuffling of the administration to remove partisan men.

Advisors MA Matin and Mainul Hosein have said that the reforms were priorities of the new caretaker government led by Fakruddin Ahmed.

They said there was no longer a time limit for holding elections as the constitutional 90-day timeframe was not applicable now.

But, what was important was to ensure that all measures were taken to hold a credible election, they said.

Some government sources said it could be held any time in four to six months.

The advisors, however, did not see any need to prolong the state of emergency, and said they will work for polls without the influence of "black money".

Law Advisor Husein said he would take as a personal achievement if the long overdue separation of the judiciary from the executive could be pushed through while he was in office.