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.
Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) – BNP on Friday finalised 206 candidates to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ as only 23 days are left before the nation goes to the polls on December 30.
Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir formally presented the list at a p press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in the evening.
“We’re announcing the names of candidates for 206 seats. We’ll disclose the names of 94 candidates of the 20-party, Oikyafront and that of our undecided ones tomorrow (Saturday),” he said.
He said they are taking part in the election as part of their democratic movement to free Khaleda Zia from jail amid serious adversities.
Fakhrul urged the BNP leaders and activists to remain united and work for the party-nominated candidates to ensure their victory.
He said their party standing committee member finalised the candidates considering various aspects.
However, he announced only the names of 202 candidates.
Earlier in the day, Awami League announced the list of its contestants for 240 constituencies and set aside 60 seats for its alliance partners.
BNP’s final candidates in Rangpur division are Barrister Naushad Zamir (Panchagarch-1), Farhad Hossain Azad (Panchagrach-2), Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir (Thakurgaon-1), Zahedur Rahman (Thakurgaon-3), MD Sadik Reaz (Dinajpur-2), Mohammad Akhtaruzzamn Bhuiyan (Dinajpur-4), AZM Rezanul Haque (Dinajpur-5), Rafiqul Islam, (Nilphamari-1), Hasan Rajib Pradhan (Lalmonirhat-1), MD Rokanuddin Babul ( (Lalmonirhat-2), Asadul Habib Dulu (Lalmonirhat 3), Mohammad Ali Sarker (Rangpur-2), Rita Rahman (Rangpur-3, Emdadul Haque Bharsa (Rangpur-4), Saiful Islam (Rangpur-6), Saifur Rahman Rana (Kurigram -1), Tajvirul Islam (Kurigram-3), Azizur Rahman (Kurigram-4), Farroque Kabir Ahmed (Gaibandha-4), Farrukh Alam Sarker (Gaibandha-5).
Those who got BNP’s final nomination in Rajshahi division are Fazlur Rahman (Joypurhat-1), Abu Yusuf Mohammad Khalilur Rahman ((Joypurhat-2), Kazi Rafiqul Islam, (Bogura-1), Mosharraf Hossain (Bogura-4), Golam Mohammad Siraj, (Bogura-5), Md Shahjahan Miah (Chapainawabganj-1), MD Aminul Islam (Chapainawabganj-2), Md Harunur Rashid (Chapainawabganj-3), Mustafizur Rahman (Naogaon–1), Shamsuz Zoha Khan (Naogaon-2), Parvez Arefin Siddique Jony (Naogaon –3), Shamsul Alam Pramanik (Naogaon –4), Jahedul Islam Dholu (Naogaon-5), Alamgir Kabir (Naogaon-6), Barrister Aminul Haque (Rajshahi-1), Mizanur Rahman Minu, (Rajshahi-2) Shafiqul Haque Milon (Rajshahi-3), Abu Hena (Rajshahi-4), Prof Nazrul Islam (Rajshahi-5), Abu Sayeed Chand (Rajshahi-6, Kamrun Nahar Shirin, (Natore-1), Sabina Yesmin Chobi, (Natore-2), Daudar Mahmud (Natore-3), Abdul Aziz (Natore-4), Rumana Morshed Kanak Chapa (Sirajganj-1), Abdul Mannan Taluker (Sirajganj-3), Amirul Islam Khan Alim (Sirajganj-5), Kamruddin Ehiya Khan Majlish (Sirajganj-6), AKM Selim Reza Habib (Pabana-2), KM Anwarul Islam (Pabna-3) and Habibur Rahman Habib (Pabna-4).
BNP’s final runners under Khulna divisions are Masud Arun (Meherpur-1), Javed Masud ((Meherpur-2), Reza Ahmed Bachchu Mollah (Kusthina-1), Jakir Hossain Sarker (Kushtia-3), Mehedi Ahmed Rumi (Kushtia-4), Md Shaheeduzzaman (Chuadanga-1), Mahmud Hasan Khan (Chuadanga-2), Abdul Majid (Jhenaidah-2), Saiful Islam Firoz (Jhenaidah-4), Mofiqul Hasan Tripti (Jashore-1), Aninda Islam Amith (Jashore-3), Manwar Hossain Khan, (Magura-1), Netai Roy Chowdhury (Magura-2), Sajjad Hossain (Narail-1), Sheikh Masud Rana (Bagerhat-1), MA Salam (Bagerhat-2), Amir Ezaz Khan (Khulna-1), Nazrul Islam Manju (Khulna-2), Rakibul Islam Bakul (Khulna-3), Azizul Bari Helal (Khulna-4) and Habibul Islam Habib (Satkhira-1).
Those who got final BNP ticket under Barishal division are Altaf Hossain Chowdhury (Patuakhali-1), Golam Maula Rony (Patuakhali-3), ABM Mosharraf Hossain (Patuakhali-4), Hafiz Ibrahim (Bhola-2), Major (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed (Bhola-3), Nazimuddin Alam (Bhola-4), Jahir Uddin Swapon (Barishal-1), Sharfuddin Santu (Barishal-2), Zainul Abedin (Barishal-3), Mujibur Rahman Sarwar (Barishal-5), Abul Hossain Khan (Barishal-6), Barrister Shahjahan Omar (Jhalakathi-1), Jeba Amin Khan (Jhalakathi-2) and Rulul Amin Dulal (Pirojpur-3).
BNP’s final candidates under Mymensingh division are Sultan Mohammad Babu (Jamalpur-2), Mostafizur Rahman Babul (Jamalpur-3), Faridul Kabir Talukder Shamim (Jamalpur-4) Shah Wares Ali Mamun (Jamalpur-5), Dr Sanseela Jebrin (Sherpur-1), Mokhlesur Rahman Ripon (Sherpur-2), Mahmudul Haque Rubel (Sherpur-3), Shah Shaheed Sarwar (Mymenshingh-2), Ahmed Tayebur Rahman Hiron (Mymenshingh-3), Jakir Hossain (Mymenshingh-5), Shamsuddin Ahmed (Mymenshingh-6), Joynal Abedin (Mymenshingh-7), Khurram Chowdhury (Mymenshingh-9), Fokhruddin Ahmed Bachchu (Mymenshingh-11), Kaiser Kamal (Netrokona-1), Dr. Anwarul Haque (Netrokona-2), Rafiqul Islam Hilali (Netrokona-3), Tahmina Zaman (Netrokona-4).
Those who got BNP’s final ticket in Dhaka division are Rezaul Karim Khan Chunnu (Kishoreganj-1), Mejor (retd) Akhtaruzzaman (Kishoreganj-2), Fazlur Rahman (Kishoreganj-4), Mujibur Rahman Iqbal (Kishoregan-5), Md Shariful Islam (Kishoreganj-6), Shahidul Islam (Tangail-1), Sultan Salahuddin Tuku (Tangail-2), Mahmudul Hasan (Tangail-5), Goutam Chakraborty (Tangail-6), Abul Kalam Azad Siddiqi (Tangail-7), SA Jinna Kabir (Manikganj-1), Moinul Islam Khan (Manikganj-2), Shah Moazzem Hossain (Munshiganj-1), Mizanur Rahman Sinha (Munshiganj-2), Abdul Hai (Munshiganj-3), Irfan Ibne Aman (Dhaka-2), Gayeshwar Chandra Roy (Dhaka-3), Salahuddin Ahmed (Dhaka-4), Mirza Abbas (Dhaka-8), Shamim Ara Begum (Dhaka-11), Saiful Alam Nirob (Dhaka-12), Abdus Salam (Dhaka-13), Ahsan Ullah Hasan (Dhaka-16), Dewan Salahuddin Ahmed (Dhaka-19), Tamijuddin (Dhaka-20). Chowdhury Tanvir Ahmed Siddiqui, (Gazipur-1), Salahuddin Sarker (Gazipur-2), Shah Reazul Hannan (Gazipur-4), Fazlul Haq Milon (Gazipur-5), Khairul Kabir Khokan (Narsingdi-1), Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan (Narsingdi-2), Sarder Sakhawat Hossain Bakul (Narsingdi-4), Nazrul Islam Azad, (Narayanganj-2), Ali Newaj Omar Khaiyam (Rajbari-1) Nasirul Haque Sabu (Rajbari-2), Shah Mohammad Abu Zafar (Faridpur-1), Shama Obaed (Faridpur-2), Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf (Faridpur-3), Iqbal Hossain (Faridpur-4), FE Saifuzzaman (Gopalganj-1), Sirajul Islam Siraj (Gopalganj-2), Afzal Hossain (Gopalganj-3), Sajjad Hossain Siddiqui (Madaripur-1), Milton Baidya (Madaripur-2), Anisur Rahman Khokon Talukder (Madaripur-3), Shafikur Rahman Kiron (Shariatpur-2) and Mia Nuruddin Ahmed Apu (Shariatpur-3).
BNP’s selected final contenders in Sylhet division are Nojir Hossain (Sunamganj-1), Nasir Chowdhury (Sunamganj-2), Fazlul Haque Apsia (Sunamganj-4), Mizanur Ahmed Chowdhury (Sunamganj-5), Shafi Ahmed Chowdhury (Sylhet-3), Dildar Hossain Selim (Sylhet-4), Nasiruddin Ahmed (Moulvibazar-1), Naser Rahman (Moulvibazar-3), Mojibur Rahman (Moulvibazar-4) and GK Gaus (Habiganj-3).
Those who will contest the election with BNP’s final nomination in Chattogram division are Ekramuzzaman (Brahmanbaria-1), Khaled Hossain Mahbub Shyamol (Brahmanbaria-3), Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain ( Cumilla-1, 2), Kazi Mujibul Haque (Cumilla-3), Jakaria Taher Sumon (Cumilla-8), Anwarul Azim (Cumilla-9), Mosharraf Hossain (Chandpur-1), Dr Jalal Uddin (Chandpur-2), Abdul Hannan (Chandpur-4), Mominul Haque (Chandpur-5), Joynal Abedin (Feni-2), Akbar Hossain (Feni-3), Mahbubuddin Khokan (Noakhal-1), Zainul Abedin Farroque (Noakhal-2), Barkatullah Bulu (Noakhal-3), Mohammad Shahjahan (Noakhal-4), Moudud Ahmed (Noakhal-5), Fazlul Azim (Noakhal-6), Abul Khayer Bhuiyan (Laxmipur-2), Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anee (Laxmipur-3), Nurul Amin (Chattogram-1), Ajibullah Bahar (Chattogram-2), Ishaq Chowdhury (Chattogram -4) Jasimuddin Sikder (Chattogram -6), Kutubuddin Bahar (Chattogram -7), Dr Shahadat Hossain (Chattogram -9), Abdullah Al Noman (Chattogram -10), Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury (Chattogram -11), Enamul Haque (Chattogram -12), Sarwar Jamal Nizam (Chattogram -13), Zafrul Islam Chowdhury (Chattogram -16), Hasina Ahmed (Cox’s Bazar-1), Almgir M Mahfuzullah Farid (Cox’s Bazar-2),Lutfur Rahman Kajol (Cox’s Bazar-3),Shahjahan Chowdhury (Cox’s Bazar-4), Shahidul Islam Bhuiyan (Khagrachhri), Moni Swapan Dewan (Rangamati) and Sa Chin Pru (Bandarban).
Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) - Gano Forum aspirant Dr Reza Kibria on Friday got back his candidature for Habiganj-1 constituency as the Election Commission declared his nomination paper valid after hearing.
Reza Kibira, also son of former Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria, filed his nomination paper to run the 11th parliamentary elections slated for December 30 from the parliamentary seat.
But, the returning officer had turned down his nomination paper for credit card default during scrutiny.
On Tuesday, the Gano Forum contestant filed a petition with the EC challenging the decision of the returning officer.
The EC, the appellate body, on Friday afternoon heard his petition and declared him as a valid candidate.
Since Gano Forum is a component of BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront, Reza Kibria is going to contest the polls with the 'Sheaf of Paddy' symbol from Habiganj-1 parliamentary seat.
As per the election office, Reza did not pay Tk 5,500 withdrawn against a credit card of City Bank Ltd.
After rejection of his nomination paper, Reza Kibria said he could not pay the credit card bill in time as he had been in abroad for long. But he had already paid it.