Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Tuesday said the Election Commission will neutrally dispose of appeals filed against the decisions of the returning officers over rejection and acceptance of nomination papers.
“Those who’re filing petitions their appeals will be disposed of in a legal and neutral way,” he said while visiting booths set up to receive appeals on the premises of Nirbachan Bhaban in the city at noon.
In replying to a question whether the EC will ensure justice in disposal of the appeals, the Election Commissioner said the justice is a relative matter. But the Election Commission will take the decision hearing all partners of the appeals, he added.
Mahbub Talukder said he had been there to visit the booths to know whether the petitioners face troubles in filing their appeals.
The Election Commission on Tuesday set up eight booths on its secretariat’s premises for registering petitions from the aggrieved aspirants of the country’s eight divisions.
The Commission on Monday started receiving appeals at its reception room. A total of 84 petitions were received on the first day.
On the second day, more than 150 petitions were submitted till 4pm.
Immediate past Jatiya Party Secretary General ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader (Patuakhali-1), Jatiya Party aspirant film actor Sohel Rana (Barishal-2), BNP aspirant Sabira Sultana (Jashore-2) and BNP aspirant Barrister Mir Mohammad Helaluddin who happens to be son of BNP leader Mir Mohammad Nasir (Chattogram-5) were among those who submitted the petition.
The EC, which has the appellate jurisdiction, will also receive the petition on Wednesday.
The Commission will dispose of the petitions on December 6-8 following hearings. The quasi-judicial body has already set up the hearing rooms at the Nirbachan Bhaban.
Even if anyone is aggrieved with the EC’s decision in this regard, the person will go to the High Court to seek a solution.
Returning officers on Sunday accepted total 2,279 nomination papers and turned down 786 others submitted in the country’s 300 constituencies to contest the 11th national election slated for December 30.
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) - Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront on Tuesday decided to form its coordination committee based on every constituency to carry out electioneering in favour of the candidates of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
BNP vice-chairman Barkatullah Bulu came up with the announcement after a joint meeting of Jatiya Oikyafront’s central coordination and Dhaka city unit committees.
The meeting was held at its temporary office at Pritam Zaman tower in the city’s Old Paltan area.
“Jatiya Oikyafront candidates will be provided with the election symbol, ‘Sheaf of Paddy’, after December 8. We want to work unitedly for a lone candidate of Oikyafront in every seat to ensure the victory of the alliance,” he said.
“We’ve decided to form Oikyafront’s coordination committee based on every constituency and the committee will steer the election activities of the front’s candidates,” he said.
Replying to a question, Bulu said they have sent a letter to the leaders of their every district unit to immediately form the committee.
He said they are expecting that all the coordination committee will be formed before finalising Oikyafront’s candidates for 300 seats.
The BNP leader said their leaders and activists will reach out to people in every area of the country to carry out electioneering in favour of Oikyafront’s runners braving all the obstacles.
The senior leaders of BNP, Gano Forum, Nagorik Oikya and Krishak Sramik Janata League were present at the meeting.
Dec 4 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday alleged that BNP nominated their candidates for the upcoming general election in exchange of money.
Quader made the allegation at the Awami League president’s Dhanmondi political office here.
“BNP leaders were engaged in nomination trade. The people who didn’t get the party tickets despite giving money are now looking for the BNP leaders. This is why the leaders who took money are now on the run …there’s no political issue,” he said.
Quader, who is also the Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, said, “BNP has been conspiring to destabilise the election atmosphere to quit the election. So, the party is trying to use the issue of Tabligh Jamaat and many others as they have no ability to wage any movement.”
About BNP’s allegation that the government is out to annihilate the Zia family, he said, “The court and the EC have taken actions against Khaleda Zia and BNP leaders. Awami League didn’t influence it in any away.”
“History says that the Zia family was engaged in all kinds of conspiracy to vanish the Bangabandhu family. Who had sent the killers of Bangabandhu abroad through the indemnity ordinance and who brought the Fifth Amendment? It’s BNP that did it.”
Quader went on to say, “They were also engaged in the August 15 killing. They rewarded the murderers again and reinstated them in politics. Even they tried to kill Awami League president Sheikh Hasina and its senior leaders through the 21st August grenade attack during their tenure.“
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned to accept the nomination paper of BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas and complete the scrutiny within 24 hours.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a writ petition filed by Mirza Abbas.
Advocate Zainul Abedin and Advocate Ehsanur Rahman stood for the petitioner.
The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the refusal to accept of Mirza Abbas’ nomination paper should not be declared illegal.
The Chief Election Commissioner, Dhaka returning officer and three others have been made respondents to the rule.
On November 28, the returning officer refused to accept the nomination paper of Mirza Abbas as he went to the returning officer’s office after 5 pm on the last date of submission of nomination papers.
Later, he submitted the nomination paper to Chief Election Commissioner on December 1 but it was not sent to the returning officer concerned for scrutiny on December 2.
Mirza Abbas filed a writ petition with the High Court on December 3 challenging the Election Commission’s decision.
Rajshahi, Dec 4 (UNB) – Election Commissioner Kabita Khanam on Tuesday said all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the presence of remarkable number of female voters to cast their votes in the 11th national election scheduled to be held on December 30.
“The election commission will remain alert to make sure safe environment for women during the polling,” the EC commissioner made the remarks while inaugurating a two-day workshop titled ‘Gender and Election’ organized by UNDP in the city.
When asked about the cancellation of nomination papers, Kabita Khanam said that all concerned deputy commissioners have been asked to give away the certified copies to those candidates by today (Tuesday).
It is to be noted that 53 nomination papers have been filed from Rajshahi. Of them a total of 23 applications have been cancelled after scrutiny.