DHAKA - Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid has been re-elected for a second term.

"As no one else was running for the presidential position, the election commission is announcing M Abdul Hamid as the country's next president," Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of Bangladesh Nurul Huda told media persons Wednesday.

Earlier, the ruling Awami League (AL) nominated Abdul Hamid for his re-election as the country's president. Subsequently, Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) with party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina finalised the nomination in a meeting.

With the AL having an absolute majority in Parliament, it was almost certain that Hamid will serve as the head of state for a second term.

Lawmakers vote in the presidential election, which is supposed to be held in the House with the CEC acting as the election officer.

MPs voted to elect a president only once in 1991 when parliamentary democracy was reinstated. Since then, it has been elected unopposed.

On April 24, 2013, Hamid was sworn in as the 20th president of Bangladesh. Since independence, 16 people have headed the state for 19 terms. Hamid is the 17th person to serve as president.

He, however, is the only one who will be serving for a consecutive term and it will be his last as the constitution allows a maximum of two terms.

CEC Huda said the gazette notification over Hamid's re-election will be published on Wednesday. Speaking to the media on Wednesday, he hinted that the swearing-in ceremony is likely to be held on April 23.

Huda and the four other election commissioners are set to meet the president at the Bangabhaban.

On January 25, the EC announced the schedule for the presidential polls. It was announced that the nomination filing will be held on February 5. AL submitted the only nomination on behalf of Hamid.

The EC had scheduled a voting for February 18, which, however, is not needed anymore.

"ALPB nominated Hamid for presidency taking into account the current political situation, his long checkered political career and commitment to the country," AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told a press briefing after the nomination.

A veteran politician, Abdul Hamid was born on 1 January, 1944 in Kamalpur of Mithamoin Upazila under Kishoregonj district. He was also elected president unanimously for his first tenure in April 2013.