Political parties will be able to field their candidates for chairperson of Union Parishads (UP) during the forthcoming polls. For the first time, local bodies are having polls on party lines and political parties fielded candidates for mayors of 234 municipalities in December last year. But the Election Commission appears divided on some aspects of the code of conduct for the UP polls. When, for example, it comes to barring MPs from joining the municipal polls campaigns, the EC is divided over whether to allow Upazila chairpersons, municipal and city corporation mayors to campaign during the UP polls. An election commissioner says that it should be allowed, while another opposes it. The polls code for the UP elections was at the top of the agenda at an EC meeting on Tuesday presided over by Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad. Officials said that the commission is not opting to make it mandatory for independent candidates to come up with a list of supporters while filing nominations. But the EC’s legal wing’s Joint Secretary Md Shahjahan differs. “In the municipal polls, an independent candidate needed support of 100 voters, so there should be similar provisions for the UP polls,” he told a news agency. He added that the proposed electoral rule does not make it mandatory for independent candidates to submit a list of supporters, but this may change. Political parties can field only one chairman candidate in each Union council and the aspirant has to submit an affidavit from the party while filing nominations, according to a news agency.