Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – The deadline for submission of nomination papers to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections expires on Wednesday.
Many candidates, including those from two major political camps of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance and Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront, will file their nomination papers on the last day.
The aspirants will have to submit their nomination papers by 5pm on Wednesday to returning officers to run the 11th national election slated for December 30.
The nomination papers will be scrutinised on December 2 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 9 as per the reschedule announced by the Election Commission.
Both the Grand Alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront have yet to come up with the formal announcement over their respective candidates for 300 constituencies across the country.
BNP, the largest partner of Jatiya Oikyafront, has initially picked more than one aspirants for each of many constituencies. The party is likely to pick its final candidates just before the expiry of the deadline for the withdrawal candidature.
On November 8, the EC first announced schedule for the general election fixing December 23 for balloting.
Amid demand from opposition political parties, the Commission on November 12 deferred the national election to December 30 from December 23.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who was convicted and sentenced in two corruption cases, cannot contest the election even if she is relieved through appeal.
Khaleda will have to wait for five years after her release, said the AG at a press conference at his office.
He said that advocate Fakhrul Islam, Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Moshiur Rahman, Md Abudl Wahab and Dr AZM Zahad, who secured bail, filed separate petitions seeking a stay on their sentence in graft cases so that they can contest the election.
“I said in the hearing that – criminal court, especially the Criminal Appeal Court, can stay their sentence. But, there’ll be no stay on their conviction, especially according to 2(Gha) of section 66 of our constitution. “A person shall be disqualified for election as, or for being, a member of Parliament who-has been, on conviction for a criminal offence involving moral turpitude, sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release.”
Mahbubey Alam said those who appealed they all are convicted and they are yet to be relived from their sentence, and five years have not yet passed after their sentence.
He said if they are allowed to contest the election in this situation, it will be contradictory to the Constitution.
Responding to a question whether this is applicable for Khaleda Zia too, he said, “Of course. It’s a constitutional rule.”
In reply to another question whether the Appellate Division can stay sentence, he said, “I cannot say what the Appellate Division will do. My submission is above the constitution.”
About court orders that stayed sentences of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Mahbubey Alam, he said, “There was a Supreme Court order on Ershad. I couldn’t say whether there was the same submission for Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya. I don’t know why the hearing was not held in this way.”
The High Court on Tuesday said those who have been sentenced to over two years’ jail by a lower court in any graft case with appeal pending will not be allowed to contest elections.
On Monday, five BNP leaders -- Amanullah Aman, Dr AZM Zahid, Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Abdul Wahab and Mashiur Rahman -- filed separate petitions under section 426 of criminal offence with the High Court seeking stay orders on the lower court verdicts in the graft cases filed against them.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – BNP resumed the distribution of its nomination letters among its selected candidates on the second day today (Tuesday) for contesting the upcoming national election.
The distribution for the second day started at the party Chairperson's Gulshan office around 12:45pm with handing over a party ticket to Shahria Islam Shaila for Faridpur-4 seat.
Later, Mohammad Shahidul Islam and Emaran Saleh Prince received the party’s nomination letters for Faridpur-2 and Mymensingh-1 constituencies respectively.
Like the previous day, a large number of supporters of party nomination hopefuls started gathering in front of the BNP chairperson’s office since 10am.
On Monday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir started the process by handing over the nomination letters of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia to Bogura BNP president Saiful Islam for Bogura-6 and to her adviser Helaluzzaman Lalu for Bogura-7 at 3:15 pm.
Fakhrul said they have nominated two candidates in most seats while single ones only in the constituencies of party senior leaders.
He said they keep additional runners to replace in case of any candidate’s nomination is annulled during scrutiny.
The party, however, still did not disclose how many candidates received nomination letters on Monday.
Two popular singers -- Rumana Islam Kanak Chapa and Baby Naznin – received BNP’s nomination letters on Monday to contest the election from Sirajganj-1 and Nilphamari-4 seats respectively.
Besides, Awami League’s ex-MP Golam Maula Rony joined BNP and collected the its nomination letter on Monday evening.
The BNP leaders who got party tickets from Dhaka division include Aman Ullah Aman (Dhaka-2), Gayeshwar Chandra Roy (Dhaka-3), Salahuddin Ahmed (Dhaka-4) Nabiullah Nabi (Dhaka-5), Abul Basahr ((Dhaka-6), Mirza Abbas (Dhaka-8), Habib-un-Nabi Sohel (Dhaka-9) and Abdus Salam (Dhaka-13), Khairul Kabir Khokan (Narsingd-1), Sanaullah Miiah (Narsingd-3, Fakir Mahubub Anam Swapan and Sarker Shaheed (Tangail-1), Sultan Saluddin Tuku and his elder brother Shamsul Alam Tofa (Tangail-2), Mainul Islam and Lutfur Rahman Khan Azad (Tangail-3), Lutfur Rahman Matin and Abdul Halim (Tangail-4), Maj Gen (retd) Mahmudul Hasan and Saidul Haque (Tangail-5), Gautam Chakraborty and Nurmohammad Khan (Tangail-6) and Abdul Kalam Azad and Saidul Islam Khan (Tangail-7),
Those who got nomination letters from Khulna division are Joyanta Kumar Kunda and Asaduzzaman (Jhenaidah-1), Abdul Mazid and M Moshiur Rahman (Jhenaidah-2), singer Monir Khan and Mehdi Hasan Rony (Jhenaidah-3), Saiful Islam Firoz and Shahiduzzaman Beltu (Jhenaidah-4), Masud Arun (Meherpur-1) and Jabed Masud Milton and Amjad Hossain (Meherpur-2).
Missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali's wife Tahsina Rushdir Luna (Sylhet-2) also collected the party’s nomination letter.
Those BNP leaders received nomination letters under Barishal division are Jahir Uddin Swapan and Abdus Sobhan (Barishal-1),Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Sharfuddin Ahmed Santu and Shahidul Haque Jamal (Barishal-2), Advocate Zainul Abedin and Selima Rahman (Barishal-3), Mejbah Uddin Farhad and Rajib Ahsan (Barishal-4), Mujibur Rahman Sarwar and Ebadul Haque Chand (Barishal-5), Abul Hossain Khan and Prof Abdur Rashid Khan (Barishal-6),Shahjahan Omar and Rafiqul Islam Jamal (Jhalakati–1),Ishrat Jahan Elen Bhutto and Jeba Rahman (Jhalakati-2), Ruhul Amin Dulal and Shahjahan Mia (Pirojpur–3), Matiur Rahman Talukdar and Nazrul Islam Mollah (Barguna-1),Nurul Islam Moni (Barguna-2), Altaf Hossain Chowdhury and Suraiya Akhter Chowdhury (Patuakhali-1), Shahidul Alam Chowdhury and Salma Alam (Patuakhali-2), Golam Maula Rony, Hasan Mamun and Md Shahjahan (Patuakhali-3), ABM Mosharaf Hossain and Moniruzzaman (Patuakhali-4), Hafiz Ibrahim and Rafiqul Islam (Bhola-2), Hafiz Uddin Ahmed and Kamal Hossain (Bhola-3) and Nazimuddin Alam and Nurul Islam Nayan (Bhola- 4).
BNP announced no candidate for the Bhola-1 constituency as the party will share it with Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) Party chairman Andaleeve Rahman Partho.
The nomination hopefuls under Rangpur division include Naushad Zamir and Towhidul Islam (Panchagarch-1), Barrister Tasmia Prodhan and Farhad Hossain Azad (Panchagrach-2), Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir (Thakurgaon-1), M Abdus Salam and Julfikar Mortuza Chowdhury, (Thakurgaon-2), Jahedul Islam Jahid and Ziaul Islam Zia (Thakurgaon-3), Manjurul Islam and Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury (Dinagpur-1), Sadik Reaz and Bazlur Rashid (Dinagpur-2), Syed Jahangir Alam and Dr Mazharul Islam Dolan (Dinagpur-3), Hafizur Rahman Sarker and Akhtaruzzaman Miah ((Dinagpur-4), Rjwanul Haque and Jakaria Bachchu (Dinagpur-5), Lutfur Rahman and Sohidul Islam Shahin (Dinagpur-6.), Khandaker Ziaul Islam and Mozharul Islam (Gaibandha-1), Mhmudunabi Tutul and Ahad Ahmed (Gaibandha-2), Dr Moinul Hasan Sadik (Gaibandha-3), Obaidul Haque and Faruk Alam (Gaibandha-4), Hasan Ali and Faruk Kabir (Gaibandha-5), Mosharraf Hossain Sujan (Rangpur-1), Wahiduzzaman Mamun and Mozaffar Ali (Rangpur -2), Rita Rahman (PPB) and Mozaffar Ahmad (Rangpur-3), Emdadul Haque Bharsa (Rangpur-4), Solaiman Alam and Dr Momtaz (Rangpur-5), Saiful Islam (Rangpur-6).
Rafiqul Islam, Nancy Rahman Kabir (Nilphamari-1), Shamsuzzaman Jamal and Kazi Akhtaruzzam (Kabir (Nilphamari-2), Fahmida Foysal (Kabir (Nilphamari-3), Salahuddin Helal (Lalmonirhat 2) abd Asadul Habib Dulu (Lalmonirhat 3), Abul Hasnat Kaikobad (Kurigram -1), Abu Bakar Siddique (Kurigram-2), Tajvirul Islam and Abdul Khaleque (Kurigram-3), Azizur Rahman and Mokhlesur Rahman (Kurigram-4) are among the aspirants.
Those who got BNP tickets from Rajshahi division are Faisal Amin and Fazlur Rahman (Joypurhat-1), Golam Mostafa and Abu Yusuf Khalilur Rahman ((Joypurhat-2), Kazi Rafiqul Islam and Mohammad Shokrana (Bagura-1), Abdul Muhith Talukder and Masuda Momen (Bagura-3), Golam Mohammad Siraj and Jane-e-Alam (Bagura-5), Kamrun Nahar Shirin and Taiful Islam Tipu (Natore-1), Sabina Yasmin and Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu (Natore-2), Daud Mahmud and Anwar Hossain Anu (Natore-3), and Abdul Aziz(Natore-4), Md Shahjahan Miah and Belal Baki (Chapainawabganj-1), Anwarul Islam (Chapainawabganj-2), Abdul Wahed and Harunur Rashid (Chapainawabganj-3), Salek Chowdhury, Mustafizur Rahman and Masud Rana (Naogaon–1), Shamsuzzaman Khan, Khaja Nazibullah Chowdhury (Naogaon–2), Rabiul Alam Bullet and Parvez Arefin Siddique Jony (Naogaon –3), Shamsul Alam Pramanik and Ekramul Bari Tito (Naogaon –4), Zahidul Islam and Nazmul Haque Soni (Naogaon-5), Alamgir Kabir and Sheikh Rezaul Islam (Naogaon-6) Aminul Haque (Rajshahi-1), Mizanur Rahman Minu and Sayed Hasan (Rajshahi-2), Matiur Rahman Montu and Shafiqul Haque Milon (Rajshahi-3), Abu Hena and Md Abdul Gafur (Rajshahi-4), Nadim Mustafa and Nazrul Mondol (Rajshahi-5), Abu Sayeed Chan and Nuruzzaman Khan Manik (Rajshahi-6) and Asadul Habib Dulu (Lalmonirhat-3).
Kanak Chapa and Nazmul Hasan Rana (Sirajganj-1), Romana Mahmud and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku from (Sirajganj-2) Ainul Haque and Abdul Mannan Talukder (Sirajganj-3), Amirul Islam Alim and Rakibul Karim Khan Pappu (Sirajganj-5), Kamruddin Yahia Khan Majlish and Dr AM a Muhith (Sirajganj-6), AKM Selim Reza Habib and Hasan Jafir Tuhin (Pabna-2), AKM Anwarul Islam and Fakhrul Azam (Pabna-3), Habibur Rahman Habib and Sirajul Islam Khan (Pabna-4) and Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas (Pabna-5), are also among the BNP leaders who got party nomination letters under Rajshahi division.
BNP leaders who received nomination letters under Chattogram division include Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon and Mamunur Rashid (Noakhali-1), Zainul Abedin Farroque and Kazi Mofizur Rahman (Noakhali-2), Barkatullah Bulu and Mazharul Islam Dolan (Noakhali-3), Mohammad Shahjahan (Noakhali-4), Moudud Ahmed (Noakhali-5) and Fazlul Azim (Noakhali-6), Abul Khaier Bhiyan (Laxmipur-2), Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anee (Laxmipur-3), and Ashrafuddin Nizan (Laxmipur-4), Abdul Awal Mintoo (Feni-3) and VP Zainal (Feni-3), and Dipen Dewan and Moni Swapan (Rangamati).
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday said they are initially giving nominations to their candidates based on parties, not the alliance, due to time constraint.
“Nomination has not been given now based on the alliance as the parties are separately doing it... we’ll adjust those later,” he told reporters after a meeting with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at his Bailey Road residence.
Dr Kamal also said they can reach an understanding over nominating candidates based on the alliance before the deadline for withdrawal of candidature.
Asked whether the Oikyafront accepted the Election Commission’s decision on using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the six seats, Dr Kamal said they will continue to register their protest against it.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said he had positive discussions with the Oikyafront leaders and they all will be there in the election race in alliance.
Gano Forum general secretary Mustafa Mohsin Montu said Oikyafront is not facing any difficulty over sharing seats and hinted that they will be able to settle the seat-sharing issue by December 3.
Earlier, Fakhrul went to Dr Kamal’s residence and sat in a meeting around 10am.
Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said on Monday that the announcement of the official list of Awami League-led Grand Alliance and 14-party alliance nominated candidates will take more time for the strategic and tactical reason.
Quader made the remarks this Monday at a press briefing in the political office of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina in the city’s Dhanmondi.
He also said "The party will take more time to take the final decision after more scrutiny about the candidate. So changes in the nominated candidate will not be unusual. But the number of AL’s alliance partners in the 14-party Mohajote will not exceed 65 to 70 seats to compete in between them.”
Qader said “231 letters were given so far. We do not want to be loser strategically. We have to move forward. We do not want to be backward from anyone strategically.”
He said “We will release the full and final list after sometime. We made a list for party, not for media. We did not give the letters to many candidates who came in the media. It's confusing.”
Quader also earnestly requested the media not to publish any names before the official announcement for avoiding any embarrassment.
He said “The other allies of the alliance also started giving nomination in the same manner. The Jatiya Party, Bikalpadhdara and the 14-party are also issuing letter. We will publish the full and final list after further scrutiny considering all’s nomination.”
“We have issued double nomination in some places. Later, the list will be finalized after the field level survey,” Qader added.
Awami League on Sunday issued letters to the aspirants for 231 candidates who have been selected to contest the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections.
The party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader started handing over the nomination papers among candidates on Saturday.
The nomination seekers received the nomination letters from the party office on Sunday while a number of new candidates were on the list and few heavy weight candidates did not receive the party ticket.
Awami League on November 9 started selling its nomination papers for the forthcoming 11th parliamentary elections.
The 11th general election will be held across Bangladesh on December 30. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 9 and returning officers will scrutinize the nomination papers on December 2.
According to the schedule, candidates must file their nomination papers either online, or manually, by November 28.
Advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Salman F Rahman, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Organizing Secretary Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury Naoufel, Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, Science and Technology Secretary Abdus Sabur, Deputy Office Secretary Biplob Barua, Member Marufa Akhter Poppy.