The Election Commission is preparing to hold the Union Parishad(UP) polls on party lines in two phases, the first of which will be in March. The commission has already started amending the electoral rules and code of conduct to make the election possible, its officials have said. The preparations began after the EC recently received, from the Local Government Division, a list of 4,544 Unions ready to go to polls. After holding the 10th parliament polls, the Election Commission organised the Upazila, the city corporation and the municipal elections, albeit amid controversies. Now it is preparing for the polls to the lowest tier of the local government. The first phase of the elections is likely to be held in March, said an election commissioner. “Elections to the coastal unions have to be held by the end of March. We can do it in the other unions between May and July,” he told a news agency.. The country’s Union Parishads have so far gone to polls eight times -- in 1973, 1977, 1983, 1988, 1992, 1997, 2003 and 2011. The 2011 elections, too, were held in two phases. About the preparations, Election Commissioner Md Abu Hafiz said, “The EC Secretariat has been asked to make the arrangements. We will get a list of where and when to hold the elections”. Some 4.4 million new faces are being added to the updated voter list, to be finalised on Jan 31, he said, according to a news agency.