Dhaka, Dec 24 (UNB) –The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a High Court order that stayed the Election Commission’s decision allowing nine candidates, including eight BNP candidates, to contest the general election slated for December 30.
Chamber Judge of Appellate Division Justice Md Nuruzzaman passed “no order” on separate writ petitions filed by the candidates seeking stay on the HC order.
The eight BNP candidates are—Khandaker Abu Ashfaq from Dhaka-1, Tamij Uddin from Dhaka 20, Fazlur Rahman from Joyrpurhat-1, M A Majid from Jhenidah-2, Abu Sayeed Chand from Rajshahi-6, Faridul KabirTalukder Shamim from Jamalpur-4, and Engineer Moslem Uddin from Brahmanbaria-4 while another is Mahmud Hasan Suman (independent) for Myemensingh-1.
Earlier, on Thursday the HC stayed the EC’s decision that allowed them to contest the election.
Following separate writ petitions, the HC recently stayed the Election Commission’s decision that allowed them to contest the election as their resignations from mayoral post were not accepted by the government.
Advocate Shah Manjurul Haq, petitioner’s lawyer, said that the candidates cannot run the polls following the order.
Khagrachhari, Dec 24 (UNB) – Two people were shot dead during a gunfight between the activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), the Chittagong Hill Tracts-based political party, and its rival group Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti(PCJSS)(MN Larma) at Pujgang in Panchhari upazila on Monday.
The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.
Nurul Alam, officer-in-charge of Panchhari Police Station, said the activists UPDF and PCJSS (MN Larma) exchanged gunfire following previous enmity around 12:30 pm, leaving two people dead on the spot.
However, details of the incident could not be known yet, said the OC.
On information, police went to the spot to investigate the incident.
Dhaka, Dec 24 (UNB) – The tense political atmosphere in the run up to the national election has made the people worried about the polls, Susasoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) said on Monday.
“We have observed incidents of violence [during election campaigns]. Cases were filed against many opposition leaders and activists. Many of them have been arrested and sent to prison,” Shujan General Secretary Badiul Alam Mazumder told a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club.
“The general people are worried about the election,” he said. “We demand a free and fair election.”
Badiul accused the EC of not “properly scrutinising” affidavits of the candidates. Many nominations would have been cancelled if they were scrutinised thoroughly, he claimed.
“After the election, we hope the EC will take action against those who provided false information in their affidavits,” he added.
Shujan central coordinator Dilip Kumar Sarkar said there were 10,41,90,573 voters in the country and more than 2.31 crore of them were young and first-time voters.
Altogether 1,871 candidates are contesting the national election. Of them, 66 women are vying for 67 constituencies.
“Among the candidates, 61.67 percent belonging to the Oikyafront and 20-party alliances, have cases against them. The percentage is 6.69 among Awami League candidates,” Dilip added.
Dhaka, Dec 24 (UNB) - Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday said voters will get back their confidence with the deployment of army ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.
"I think, people will get back their confidence through army deployment. The main aim of army deployment is to boost the confidence of people," he said.
The CEC came up with the remarks while visiting an EVM training workshop at Dhaka Residential Model School and College.
Nurul Huda said the presence of army will help the EC hold a fair election. "I believe any unexpected situation can be reined in from now on."
Mentioning that army can do everything whatever necessary to maintain the law and order, Nurul Huda said, "If any situation is created in front of the army which needs to be dealt with the army can do that at their own initiative. They (Army) will perform duty following the 'In Aid to Civil Power Act'."
About the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the CEC said EVMs will be managed by the EC officials and army men will be there to help them.
"The Election Commission officials will be assigned to manage the EVMs. Skilled and trained members of army will be there to help them," he said.
Calling upon the political parties which are still doubtful about EVMs to visit their training programmes, the CEC said there was confusion among some political parties about EVM. "That's why we picked only six constituencies for it [EVM]," he said.
Replying to a question about BNP’s demand for holding a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on December 27, he said, "It’s a matter of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and I’ll talk to the DMP to know whether there’s any threat centering the rally."
Dhaka, Dec 24 (UNB) – Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Zhang Zuo on Monday said his country wants to give a further push to broaden people-to-people contacts with Bangladesh taking the mutual bilateral relations to a newer height.
“Our hearts get closer now, our friendship is strengthened,” said the Chinese Ambassador adding that the friendship between the two countries will be even deeper than the Bay of Bengal.
Ambassador Zou made the remarks while addressing an experience-sharing event at the Embassy on medical treatment and tourism.
Deputy Chief of Mission and Counselor Chen Wei; and Irving Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer HBM Lutfur Rahman Rahman, among others, spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, China opened its doors for Bangladeshi citizens to get “affordable and quality medical treatment” in a bid to further boost people-to-people contact between Bangladesh and China.
Chinese Embassy in Dhaka is granting medical visas for Bangladeshi citizens to avail of "high quality and reliable treatment" in China, said the Embassy.
"We want to boost people-to-people contact between Bangladesh and China under the Road and Belt Initiative," said the Chinese Ambassador.
He said this medical tourism will help strengthen relations between the two countries.
Chen Wei said there is a necessity of building bridges and roads but people-to-people contact is very important.
He said the Embassy will promote such initiatives in the coming days to strengthen the friendship.
They encouraged all to share the experience of Bangladeshi citizens on medical treatment in Kunming with their friends and families.
A group of patients, who availed of treatment in Kunming fully funded by the Chinese Embassy here, shared their experiences.
They lauded the quality, affordability and advanced medical equipment in Kunming but urged to address the language barrier.
Irving Group, a business group in Bangladesh, is facilitated the treatment of preselected patients in a hospital in Kunming.