Leaders wishing to be city father litter the streets with hoardings and posters in their bid to stay in the public eye in the Dhaka City Corporation race. Not even uncertainty over when the polls will be held holds them back from their desire to become mayor.
Parliament yesterday passed a bill imposing a ban on sticking posters on walls or putting them up on any structures and scrawling graffiti on walls across the country.
The legislation titled “Graffiti Writing and Poster Sticking Control Act, 2012” allows local authorities to designate places for sticking posters or scrawling graffiti. Individuals and organisations willing to use those spots will have to pay fees and abide by some conditions.
Once the new law is in force, the government can issue an order specifying a time frame for removal of posters and scrubbing away graffiti.
On failure to do so, the local authorities may do the job and will charge the individual or the organisation concerned the costs, says a provision of the new law.
One may be punished with a fine of up to Tk 15,000 and a jail term of up to 15 days for flouting this law.
According to a special provision of the law, electoral laws will take precedence over this new legislation during the parliamentary polls or elections to any local government bodies.
Pasting posters and scrawling graffiti on walls have been going unabated. People do this not merely during electioneering but throughout the year. Individuals, mostly belonging to political parties, put up posters to do self-publicity in the name of greeting people on different occasions.
Besides, socio-cultural and business organisations stick posters to press for their demands and advertise products and services.
In the capital, many people have long been campaigning for Dhaka City Corporation elections, though the Election Commission itself is still undecided about the polls schedule.
Collected from Daily Star
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