After coming under fire in the City Corporation and municipal polls, the Election Commission is changing symbols for female candidates. It had come under strong criticism for allotting household items to women during the city polls in April and the recent polls to 234 municipalities in December last year. An EC meeting on Tuesday proposed 10 new symbols dropping previous symbols like frying pan, ornaments and vegetables. Election Commissioner Md Shahnewaz said that they are now discussing over the proposed electoral rules and code of conducts for the upcoming Union Parishad (UP) polls. It will be finalised in a few days and forwarded to the law ministry for vetting, he added.
An EC official told bdnews24.com that a new set of symbols has been proposed for reserved women councilor aspirants for UP polls.
Symbols like, frying pan, necklace, comb, flower and vegetable have been dropped, said EC Joint Secretary Md Shahjahan. The new symbols include, pen, camera, book, giraffe, megaphone and helicopter.
The EC is also changing symbols for chairman and councilor aspirants.