Dhaka, Dec 25 (UNB) – The Election Commission on Tuesday started sending ballot papers to districts to arrange the 11th parliamentary elections on December 30.
The EC will send the ballot papers to 293 constituencies out of total 300.
Of the remaining seven parliamentary seats, the EC will use electronic voting machines (EVMs) instead of ballot papers in six while election to Gaibandha-3 has been postponed following the death of the Jatiya Oikyafront candidate.
The EC started dispatching ballot papers from two government presses -- Bangladesh Government (BG) Press and Government Printing Press-- in the capital at 2pm, said EC assistant secretary Syed Golam Rashed.
The returning officers will be able to receive the ballot papers in most of the constituencies on Tuesday and Wednesday, he said, adding that ballot papers for the constituencies having legal complexities over candidates will be sent later.
The EC has kept two helicopters ready for sending the ballot papers on emergency basis.
The ballot papers will be sent to upazila level 2-3 days before the election and to polling stations a day before of the election.
The six constituencies where EVMs will be used are Dhaka-6 and 13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira-2.