Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday thanked the Election Commission for ‘ensuing justice’ as most of their aspirants whose nominations had been declared illegal got back their candidatures through appeals.
Taking to reporters at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, he also hoped that their Chairperson’s nomination will be declared valid if the Commission ensures justice to her.
“We think the declaration of most of our candidates valid is our victory. We also hope our leader Khaleda Zia will also be declared a legal candidate if justice is ensured,” he said.
Fakhrul said the Returning Officers declared illegal the nominations of many of our candidates but most of them were considered as legal runners through the Election Commission hearing. “So, I thank the Election Commission.”
He alleged that the Returning Officers declared illegal most of their candidates’ nominations as they had to obey the government order and they could not ensure justice in many cases for that reason.
Replying to a question, Fakhrul said they may announce a partial list of their final candidates for different constituencies after 8 pm today.
He alleged that the government, being afraid of defeat, is now using state machineries to influence the election.
The BNP leader also alleged that law enforcers continued the arrest of their leaders and activists hampering their organisational activities.
He urged the government and the Election Commission to stop arresting opposition activists and create a proper election atmosphere so that all the parties can exercise their democratic rights.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday urged their party leaders and activists to get united and protect the voting centres on December 30 as their party has no alternative to win.
“There’s no alternative for us to win. BNP can’t turn out to be victorious in the polls as it couldn’t win the movement,” he said
Quader further said, “Oikyafront’s conspiracy tool may hit again. If they guard the polling stations, Awami League must protect the voting centres.”
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister,came up with the comment while speaking at a joint meeting of Swechchhasebak League at Bangabandhu Avenue.
He urged their party leaders and workers not to be complacent about coming back to power in the next election. “Work together for ensuring the victory of all the candidates of our party and alliance partners.”
The ruling party leader also warned that a terrible situation will be created like 2001 one if Awami League gets defeated in the election. “If we want to avoid such awful situation, we all must remain united.”
He said they are going to start giving the final nomination letters to their candidates today (Thursday) and the process will be completed by Friday.
Quader claimed that they have already reached an understating with their alliance partners over the seat sharing issue.
He urged their party and alliance leaders and workers to accept the final nominations of the alliance for the sake of their greater interests.
The ruling party leader also said there is no reason for having any misunderstand among their alliance partners. “We sat in talks repeatedly, and we could nominate the good candidates from the alliance.”
Quader also hoped that those who will get nominations from the Grand Alliance will come out successful in most of the seats.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) - The Election Commission on Thursday declared 80 candidatures as valid after hearing 160 petitions filed against the rejection for their nomination papers by returning officers.
Of the total, the Commission rejected 77 petitions and kept three pending.
The 80 aspirants who got back their candidatures include BNP's 39, AL's 1, Jatiya Party's 8, Gano Forum's 1, LDP's 2, Zaker Party's 6, NPP's 1, Bangladesh Islami Front's 2, Islami Oikyajote's 2, Bangladesh Muslim League's 1, Islami Andolan Bangladesh's 2, Muslim League's 2 and independent 13.
On completion of the first-day hearing, BNP got back their single candidates in four constituencies -- Bogura-7, Jamalpur-4, Manikganj-2 and Dhaka-1 - after the Election Commission cleared its aspirants' candidature for the parliamentary seats.
The Commission started its three-day hearing at 10am on Thursday over petitions filed against the decision for the returning officers over the rejection and acceptance for nomination papers in different constituencies.
Now, BNP's valid contestants for the four constituencies are Morshed Milton for Bogura-7, Faridul Kabir Talukder (Shamim) for Jamalpur-4, Abidur Rahman Khan for Manikganj-2 and Khandaker Abu Ashfaq for Dhaka-1.
Ruling Awami League fielded no candidate for 36 constituencies, while BNP for five parliamentary seats in the 11th national election slated for December 30.
During Sunday's scrutiny of nomination papers by the returning officers, all BNP aspirants lost their candidature in six constituencies -- Sunamganj-3, Manikganj-2, Jamalpur-4, Pabna-1, Bogura-7 and Dhaka-1, while AL aspirants in three constituencies -- Kurigram-4, Satkhira-1 and Narayanganj-3.
The rest 35 BNP aspirants are Tamij Uddin for Dhaka-20, Major (retd) Akhteruzzaman for Kishoreganj-2 , Golam Maula Rony for Patuakhali-3, Abdul Majid for Jhenaidah-2, Mohammad Shahjahan for Patuakhali-3, Abdul Kaiyum Chowdhury for Sylhet-3, Fazlur Rahman for Joypurhat-1, Hasadul Islam for Pabna-3, Ainul Haque for Sirajganj-3, Abdul Wahab for Jhenaidah-1, Joynal Abedin for Mymensingh-7, AKM Mukhlesur Rahman for Sherpur-2, Selim Bhuiyan for Dhaka-5, Tozammel Haque for Manikganj-1, Ahammad Taibur Rahman for Mymensingh-3, Abu Asif Ahmed for Brahmanbaria-2, Syed Abu Bakar Siddique for Dhaka-14, Abdul Khaleque for Kurigram-3, Nurul Amin for Chattogram-1, Mostafa Kamal Pasha for Chattogram-3, M Yunus for Cumilla-5, Rafiqul Islam for Gaibandha-3, Nazemul Islam Prodhan for Gaibandha-5, Abdullah Al Mamun for Sirajganj-5, Abdul Aziz for Natore-4, MA Muhith for Sirajganj-6, Monzur Kader for Sirajganj-5, Aminul Haque for Rajshahi-1, Md Hanif for Dinajpur-1, Ershad Ullah for Chattogram-8, SM Shafiqul Alam for Khulna-6, KM Mujibul Haque for Cumilla-3, Syed Jahangir Alam for Dinajpur-3, Forhad Hossain Azad for Panchagarh-2 and Ataur Rahman for Manikganj-3.
Other valid candidates declared by the EC include Awami League's Abdul Mannan for Jhenaidah-4, Jatiya Party aspirants Alauddin Mridha for Natore-4, Kamruzzaman Swadhin for Jhenaidah-3, Mahbub Alam and Joynal Abedin for Gazipur-2, Jahirul Islam Mintu for Madaripur-1, Abdullah Al Helal for Brahmanbaria-3, Mamunur Rashid for Brahmanbaria-5 and Jasmine Noor Baby for Brahmanbaria-6.
The valid candidates also include Gano Forum's Mahfuzar Rahman for Kurigram-4, Liberal Democratic Party's Niamul Bashir for Chandpur-5 and MA Bashar for Mymensingh 8, Zaker Party's Zakir Hossain for Dhaka-14, Shah Alam for Kurigram-4, Mustafa Selim for Rangpur-4, Tajul Islam for Cumilla-11, Sayeduzzaman for Jashore-6 and Mohammad Foysal Bin Shafique for Bogura-6, National Peoples' Party's Sumon Sanyamat for Patuakhali-1, Bangladesh Islami Front's Sulaiman Khan Rabbani for Habiganj-4 and Jubair Ahmed for Habiganj-1, Islami Oikyajote's Shah Alam for Cumilla-5, ASM Abdur Rab's Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal's Fakir Shawkat Ali for Narail-2 and Afsar Ali for Satkhira-2, Bangladesh Muslim League's Shafiqul Islam for Bogura-2, Islami Andolan Bangladesh's Abdur Rahman for Sirajganj-4 and Syed Anwar Ahammad Liton for Brahmanbaria-3, and Muslim League's Habibur Rahman for Sirajganj-6 and Anisur Rahman for Chattogram-10.
Besides, the rest valid ones are independent candidates Yunus Ali for Kurigram-4, Asaduzzaman for Rangpur-1, Jahirul Islam for Chattogram-16, Abu Zafar for Gaibandha-3, Abdur Rauf Mondal for Bogura-5, Anisuzzaman and Moazzem Hossain for Barishal-2, Abu Bakar Siddique for Mymensingh-2, Foyzul Munir Chowdhury for Sylhet-5, Mokhlesur Rahman and Ashraf Uddin for Brahmanbaria-2, Abdur Rahim Sarkar for Gaibandha-4 and Mahbub Alam for Lakshmipur-1.
The EC kept its decisions pending over the three candidatures — independent Iman Ali and Abid Al Alvi for Kurigram-4 and BNP's Shamsul Alam for Chattogram-9.
Besides, the EC rejected two petitions filed challenging the validity of two candidatures for Dinajpur-4 and Nilphamari-4.
The EC turned down some 75 petitions filed to get back their candidatures, while it dismissed two other petitions submitted seeking the scrap of candidature.
Of them, the heavyweight aspirants include BNP's Mir Mohammad Nasir for Chattogram-5, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud for Sirajganj-2, Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu for Natore-2, Sabira Sultana for Jashore-2, Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan for Khagrachhari, Towhidul Islam for Panchagarh-1 and AKM Mahbubur Rahman for Bogura-6.
The EC will dispose of 150 petitions on Friday and the remaining 233 will be sorted out on Saturday.
A total of 543 petitions were filed with the Election Commission within the three-day window till Wednesday challenging the decisions for returning officers over the rejection and acceptance for nomination papers submitted by aspirants to contest the next national election slated for December 30.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, wants to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on December 10 ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.
On behalf of the Oikyafront, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the plan at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office on Thursday.
“Jatiya Oikyafront will arrange a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on December 10 (Monday),” he said.
Rizvi said the rally, scheduled to begin at 2pm, will be addressed by senior leaders of the Oikyafront.
He said they have already sent separate letters to Suhrawardy Udyan authorities and Dhaka Metropolitan Police seeking permission to hold the rally.
On November 6 last, Oikyafront held a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital to drum up public support in favour of the alliance’s various demands.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand. Later, Abdul Kader Siddiqui-led Krishak Sramik Janata League joined the alliance.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) – The Election Commission on Thursday cleared the candidature of several BNP aspirants, including Golam Maula Rony of Patuakhali-3 and Morshed Milton of Bagura-7, to contest the 11th general election.
The Election Commission, the appellate authority, cleared them off the rejection list during the first hours of hearing at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city on Thursday.
Golam Maula Rony, Morshed Milton, Khandaker Abu Ashfaq of Dhaka-1, Tamij Uddin of Dhaka-20 and Major (retd) Akhteruzzaman of Kishoreganj-2 constituencies are among those who got back their candidacy.
Morshed Milton is BNP’s lone candidate for Bagura-7 constituency.
Earlier, the EC started hearing on the petitions around 10 am and disposed of several petitions instantly.
Some 160 petitions will be disposed of on Thursday maintaining the serials of the appeals while 150 on Friday and the remaining 233 will be sorted out on Saturday.
A total of 543 petitions were filed with the Election Commission within stipulated three days till Wednesday challenging the decisions of returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers submitted by aspirants to contest the next national election.
Of them, 222 petitions were submitted on Wednesday while 237 on Tuesday and 84 on Monday.
The national election is scheduled to be held on December 30.