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Bangladesh sets parliamentary polls for Dec 23

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

will hold its on December 23, the country's electoral body announced on Thursday amid an impasse between the government and the main opposition alliance over the timing of the polls.

"The polling date is December 23," said in a televised address.

Huda made the announcement hours after his meeting with four election commissioners to finalise the poll date which came amid calls from the newly-floated Front (NUF) to defer the election schedule while the ruling urged the commission to stick to its plan.

The election commission earlier said it was constitutionally obligated to hold the election by January 28, as the countdown to the polls began.

Opposition parties have expressed concerns that the polls will not be democratic and have threatened protests.

Huda urged all political parties to take part in the election to continue Bangladesh's "development efforts and put democracy on a stronger footing".

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 19:25 IST