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BCB elections to take place on October 31

The BCB has announced it will hold its elections on October 31 at its headquarters in Dhaka. The election commission will announce the date for the president’s election after the October 31 election results are announced as the newly-elected directors will vote a president into power.

But so far, none of the current board directors or councillors nor anyone from outside the BCB has said he or she is a presidential candidate while Nazmul Hassan, the incumbent president, has said on a number of occasions that he is reluctant to continue as the BCB chief, instead preferring to stay as director.

Before the 2013 polls, the Bangladesh government used to select a BCB president. It will be the sixth BCB elections overall having earlier been held in 1998, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013. Hassan and most of the board directors were elected unopposed in the last election. Their official term ends on October 17 but they will remain in charge until the new elections are held.

Like the last elections, 23 directors will be elected through votes from 172 councillors of various entities from around the country. These include all the divisional and district sports associations, the Dhaka clubs, former cricketers, governmental institutions and education boards. The National Sports Council, the sports regulatory body in Bangladesh, can select two directors. It has been reduced from the three they could choose in the last elections.

It was only after the country’s courts gave BCB the legal clarity about its constitution that the elections could be announced. The BPL’s fifth edition will begin four days later in Sylhet, on November 4.

The final list of voters will be published on October 17; nomination papers will be available from October 20 and the final list of nominations will be published on October 29. The election results will be announced on November 1.

Updated: October 12, 2017 — 3:31 pm

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