The Election Commission has cancelled the registration of Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) as a political party as it failed to meet the condition of maintaining the registration.
"The commission has revoked the registration of Progressive Democratic Party," EC Senior Secretary Md Alamgir told The Daily Star after a commission meeting held yesterday evening at its office in the capital.
"We cancelled the registration as PDP is failing to meet the conditions of keeping their registration. Our probe has found that they do not have sufficient infrastructures like offices at district and other levels. They do not have sufficient number of committee members," he said, adding that the party has not even held councils in years.
The Daily Star called PDP secretary general Principal MA Hossain several times but his mobile phone was found switched off.
Party Chairman Ferdous Ahmed Qureshi died in September this year.
PDP was formed in 2007 during the military-backed interim government.
According to the EC, a party needs to have a functional central office, by the name it may be called, with a central committee, have offices at least in one-third of administrative districts, and offices at least in 100 upazilas or metropolitan thanas. The party must have at least 200 voters as members in each upazila. There are 41 registered political parties under the EC.
Alamgir while talking to reporters after the meeting said municipality elections will be held in four phases. He said elections of second, third and fourth phases will take place in mid-January, end of January and mid-February respectively.
On average, 60 municipalities will go to polls in each of the three phases. Elections to 30 municipalities in each phases will take place using electronic voting machines.
On November 22, the EC announced schedule for the first phase of elections to 25 municipalities, setting the date on December 28.