Despite protest of opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front, the Election Commission on Thursday announced the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections fixing the polling date on December 23.

The chief election commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, in his address to the nation,  said that the last date of filing nomination papers by the candidates is November 19 and the returning officers will scrutinise the nomination papers on November 22. The last date of withdrawal of nomination papers is November 29, he said.

The CEC said that the candidates will be allowed to file nomination papers online for the first time.

The CEC said that the commission is planning to use electronic voting machines in the general election for the first time in a small scale in city areas.

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