Dhaka, Dec 8 (UNB) – Describing the next general election as very important for establishing a sustainable democratic governance system, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the rebel candidates of her party to withdraw their candidacies in favour of the Grand Alliance contestants.
“The 11th parliamentary elections are very important for establishing a sustainable democratic governance system saving the nation and the country from the ferocious clutch of the BNP-Jamaat clique. So, we’ve decided to take part in the election in alliance with the like-minded parties,” she said in a letter issued on Friday.
“I specially request you to make all-out efforts to ensure the victory of the Grand Alliance candidate withdrawing your candidacy for the sake of holding the election unitedly. Your sacrifice, labour and sincerity are in my consideration,” Sheikh Hasina, also Awami League President, further said.
She expressed sorry to the rebel candidates for not nominating them from the party due to the decisions of the AL Parliamentary Board and specific nomination process although their contributions are very appreciable to turning Awami League as a strong and welfare-oriented political party.
The Prime Minister also said if Awami League wins the forthcoming national election, they (rebel candidates) will also be a partner of the win. “I can say for sure no one has the organisational strength to defeat ‘Boat’ if Awami League remains united,” she said in the letter.
She expressed the hope that the organisational skills, strength and capability of the rebel candidates in favour of the AL and Grand Alliance contestants in their respective constituency will ensure Awami League’s victory.
Dhaka, Dec 8 (UNB) –Though the supporters of their some ‘nomination deprived’ aspirants are expressing anger, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Saturday said party leaders and activists will work together for the candidates of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
“There’re some reactions among the party leaders and activists over the nominations. There’s nothing new. Those who have finally been picked as candidates are very popular and have close relations with the people of their respective areas,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, Rizvi further said, “Our leaders and activists are with the candidates who are getting the Sheaf of Paddy, and will remain so in the days to come.”
Earlier in the morning, the supporters of BNP international affairs secretary ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon staged demonstration in front of the party’s central office as he was not given the final nomination from Chandpur-1 seat.
At one stage, they also locked into a fight at the main gate of the BNP office registering their protest against depriving Milon of the party ticket.
They also talked to Rizvi and expressed their anger as party leader Mosharraf Hossain was made candidate for Chandpur-1 instead of Milon, now in jail.
On Friday night, BNP’s late secretary general Khandaker Dewar Hossain’s son Abdul Hamid Dablu along with his supporters demonstrated in front of BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office as SA Jinnah Kabir was given party nomination from Manikganj-1 depriving him.
At the press conference, Rizvi hoped that their chairperson’s nomination will be announced valid by the Election Commission (EC) after appeal hearing.
He alleged that the returning officers unlawfully cancelled the three nominations of their chairpersons as part of a government’s ‘plot’.
“We urge the Election Commission to ensure justice for Khaleda Zia. She’ll surely get back her candidature if the EC take fair decision following the Constitution and laws,” the BNP leader said.
He also called upon the Commission to take steps for ensuring a level-playing field and stopping the arrest of opposition leaders and activists.
Dhaka, Dec 8 (UNB) –The Election Commission on Saturday kept the decisions pending until 5pm today (Saturday) on the petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Krishak Sramik Janata League President Kader Siddiqui.
After hearing on their petitions, the Commission kept pending the decisions on their appeals until 5 pm.
Khaleda Zia filed nomination papers for three constituencies --Bogura-6 and 7 and Feni-1-- while Kader Siddiqui for two --Tangail-4 and 8.
Talking to reporters’ Khaleda Zia's lawyer Zainul Abedin said, "The nomination papers of Khaleda Zia were canceled by Returning Officers saying that she violated 12 (1d) of RPO. According to that law, the cancellation of Khaleda Zia's nomination is illegal."
“That's why we appealed to the EC. Hearing our statement about the law, the EC didn’t give any decision that time. They said that they will announce their decision at 5pm."
Expressing optimism about Khaleda’s participation in the election, he said that legally Khaleda has no problem to take part in the election. "We hope the Election Commission will give fair decision at 5pm,"he added.
“This election is more important than the others. People want to cast their vote. The Election Commission will have to ensure the environment so that people can cast their votes comfortably. I will thank the EC if my petition is accepted. Despite rejection of my petition, I will also thank the EC if they hold the election in a free and fair manner,” said Kader while talking to reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban.
Besides, the Election Commission declared invalid the nomination of BNP candidate from Chattogram-5 constituencyMir Mohammad HelalUddin on the last day of hearing petitions against the Returning Officers’ decision.
The Election Commission resumed its hearing for the last day at 10am petitions filed against the decisions of the returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers in different constituencies.
The EC will hear and dispose of the remaining 233 petitions, including three of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The returning officers accepted a total of 2,279 nomination papers and cancelled 786 others submitted in the 300 constituencies of the country.
A total of 543 petitions were filed with the EC, the appellate authority, seeking that the decisions of returning officers be overturned.
The Commission started its hearing and disposing of the petitions on Thursday.
The EC heard a total of 310 petitions in the first two days.
So far, some 158 aspirants, including BNP's 60, got back their candidatures with the EC's judgment.
If anyone is even aggrieved with the EC's judgment, the person can to go to the High Court seeking redress.
The last date for withdrawal of the candidature is December 9.
In case of multiple candidates in a single constituency, a political party will have to inform the returning officer and the Election Commission about its final contender for the parliamentary seat by December 9.
Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) – There are six candidates from minority communities among 206 BNP finalised on Friday for as many constituencies.
They are Gayeshwar Chandra Roy (Dhaka-3, Nitai Roy Chowdhury (Magura-3), Goutam Chakraborty (Tangail-6) Milton Baidya (Madaripur-2), Moni Swapan Dewan (Rangamati) and Sa Chin Pru (Bandarban).
Of them, Gayeshwar is a BNP standing committee member while Nitai Roy is a vice chairman of the party.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam announced the names of the 206 final candidates of the party at a press conference at its chairperson’s Gulshan office.
The party will announce the names of 94 other candidates of the 20-party, Oikyafront and that of its undecided ones on Saturday.
Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) – Seventy-eight more aspirants, including 21 from BNP and one from Awami League, got back their candidacies on Friday as the Election Commission declared their nomination papers valid after hearing petitions for the 2nd day.
Besides, the Commission rejected 65 petitions and kept decisions pending over seven others.
The EC, the appellate authority, heard a total of 150 petitions on Friday.
Earlier on the first day on Thursday, the Commission heard some 160 petitions and declared 80 nomination papers valid.
With this, some 158 contestants got back their candidatures in the last two days. The three-day hearing will end on Saturday.
During the 2nd-day hearing, BNP got back their single candidate in Shariatpur-1 constituency as the EC declared nomination paper of Sardar AKM Nasir Uddin valid overturning the decision of the returning officer.
Earlier on Thursday, BNP got back their single candidates in four other constituencies -- Bogura-7, Jamalpur-4, Manikganj-2 and Dhaka-1 - after the Commission’s 1st-day hearing.
Besides, the Commission okayed the candidacies of 12 independent aspirants while eight of Jatiya Party (Ershad), four of Jasod (Inu), one of Gano Forum, one of LDP, two of JSD, six of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, six of Zaker Party, five of CPB, two of Islami Oikyajote, two of Khelafat Majlish, one of Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, three of NPP, one of Bangladesh Islamic Front and two of BNF contestants.
Gano Forum aspirant and former Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria's son Dr Reza Kibria got back his candidature for Habiganj-1 constituency with the EC's decision. Earlier, the returning officer had turned down his nomination paper for credit card default during the scrutiny.
However, the EC rejected the petitions of removed Jatiya Party secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader (Patuakhali-1) and Ganajagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarkar (Kurigram-4) who challenged the decisions of respective returning officers cancelling their nomination papers during the scrutiny.
The 21 valid BNP candidates are Mohammad Zia Uddin and Abdul Khaleque for Brahmanbaria-6, Muslim Uddin for Brahmanbaria-4, Abu Ahmed Hasnat for Chattogram-7, Matiar Rahman Talukder for Barguna-1, Golam Nabi Alamgir for Bhola-1, Shahidul Alam Talukder for Patuakhali-2, AKM Moazzem Hossain for Dhaka-16, Khaled Saifullah Sohel Khan for Kishoreganj-1, Mainul Islam Khan for Manikganj-2, Md Abdullah for Munshiganj-1, Nadira Akter for Madaripur-1, Fahima Hussain Jubilee for Dhaka-1, Saiful Islam Sumon for Kishoreganj-3, Mamun Mahmud for Narayanganj-4, Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury for Moulvibazar-1, Dewan Joynul Zakereen for Sunamganj-4, Nur Mohammad Khan for Tangail-6, Sardar AKM Nasir Uddin for Shariatpur-1, Rashiduzzaman Millat for Jamalpur-1 and Abu Taher Talukder for Netrakona-5.
The EC, the appellate authority, declared AL's Zakir Hossain as a valid contestant for Kurigram-4 changing the decision of the returning officer.
The valid independent candidates include Gias Uddin and Md Saifullah (Humayun Mia) for Brahmanbaria-2, Hasan Mahmud Chowdhury for Chattogram-8, AK Faizul Haque and Syed Rubina Akter for Barishal-2, Mohammad Gias Uddin for Narayanganj-4, Abul Kashem and Ashraful Islam for Tangail-6, Al Amin Mollah for Madaripur-2, Abdul Hannan for Habiganj-1, Mahmud Hasan Sumon for Mymensigh-8 and Shafiqul Islam for Patuakhali-2.
The eight Jatiya Party's valid candidates are Khorshed Alam Khushu for Chandpur-5, Masud Parvez (film actor Sohel Rana) for Barishal-2, Salauddin Khoka for Narayanganj-4, Mahmuda Rahman Munni for Dhaka-8, Amanat Hossain for Dhaka-16, Selim Uddin for Sylhet-5, Ershad Hossain for Kishoreganj-2 and SM Abdul Mannan for Manikganj-2.
The six Islami Andolan Bangladesh's valid candidates are Md Sultan Ahmmad Khan for Dhaka-3, Md Salauddin (Rubel) for Kishoreganj-2, Mohammad Musa Khan for Kishoreganj-6, Abdul Latif Miah for Tangail-8, M Habibullah for Mymensingh-1 and Amanullah Sarkar for Mymensingh-11.
The four valid contestants of Inu-led Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jasod) are Jaidul Kabir for Narsingdi-2, Jahirul Haque Mandol Bachchu for Gazipur-3, Selina Sultana for Kishoreganj-5 and Kumaresh Chandra Ray for Rangpur-2.
The six Zaker Party's valid contenders are Abdur Rashid for Patuakhali-1, Md Badsha Mia for Barishal-1, Md Badal Kazi for Shariatpur-2, Md Shahnewaz for Madaripur-1, Shamsuddin Ahmed for Dhaka-1 and Jahirul Islam for Mymensingh-5.
The five CPB's valid runners are Sushanta Bhaoyal for Shariatpur-3, Nurul Islam for Kishoreganj-2, Dr Enamul Haque (Idris) for Kishoreganj-3, Sukanta Shafi Chowdhury for Dhaka-2 and Ataur Rahman for Faridpur-4.
The other valid candidates are LDP's MA Karim Abbasi for Netrakona-1, Islami Oikyajote's Altaf Hossain for Cumilla-1 and MA Matin Chowdhury for Sylhet-5, Khelafat Majlish's Syed Mujibur Rahman for Tangail-7, Saifuddin Ahmed Khandaker for Dhaka-18, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish's Md Azizul Haque for Sunamganj-4, NPP's Mamunur Rahman for Tangail-6, SM Chan Miah for Tangail-3, Md Delwar for Sunamganj-4, Bangladesh Islamic Front's SM Sarwar for Dhaka-8, Rob-led JSD Abdur Rahman for Kishoreganj-1 and Shahiduddin Mahmud for Dhaka-18, and BNF's Ataur Rahman Khan for Tangail-3 and Sultan Mahmud for Tangail-6.
The seven aspirants whose fate was kept pending are BNP’s Amanullah Aman for Dhaka-2, Afroza Abbas for Dhaka-9 and Sultan Ahmed for Dhaka-20, Islami Oikyajote’s Mehedi Hasan for Brahmanbaria-5, Bangladesh Muslim League (BML) aspirant Syed Shah Mubassir Ali for Sunamganj-3, and independent aspirants CM Sadique for Rangpur-1 and Afroza Bari Shahbaz for Gaibandha-1.
Out of 65 rejected petitions, seven were filed against the acceptance of nomination papers.
A total of 543 petitions were filed with the EC challenging the decisions of returning officers over rejection and acceptance of nomination papers submitted to contest th11 the general election slated for December 30.