Dhaka, Dec 2 (UNB) – Over 90 candidates of BNP and its alliance partners, including Khaleda Zia and many other front-ranking leaders, were declared invalid on Sunday by the Election Commission (EC) during scrutiny.
They include BNP Vice-chairmen Morshed Khan, Mir Nasir and Giasuddin Quader Chowdhury, BNP chairperson’s adviser Amanullah Aman, Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) president Abdul Kader Siddiqui, ex-minister Barrister Aminul Haque, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas’s wife Afroza Abbas, late BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu’s wife Nasima Akter Kalpana former Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria’s son and Gano Forum runner Reza Kibria and Golam Maula Rony, who recently joined BNP.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia cannot contest the election as the EC ditched her all the three nomination papers filed for contesting the polls from Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7 seats for her conviction in two graft case.
BNP, however, alleged that Khaleda’s nominations papers were cancelled as part of government blueprint to hold a lopsided election.
"We think, it's an ill-motivated decision. Our leader's (Khaleda Zia) nomination papers have been rejected as part of government a master plan and a blueprint to keep her away from the election," said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
The BNP-led 20-party alliance on Sunday night claimed that the nominations of its 80 candidates were cancelled by the EC.
“The nominations of our around 80 candidates, including Khaleda Zia, were cancelled during today’s (Sunday’s) scrutiny. I think, the opposition was pushed out of the election through it,” said 20-party chief coordinator Oli Ahmed.
Talking to UNB, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury said the nomination of their party’s two runners—Reza Kibria in Habiganj and Jan-e-Alam in Chattogram—were revoked.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan claimed their around 10 candidates’ nominations were declared illegal.
However, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said none of their party’s contender’s nomination was cancelled.
Meanwhile, neither BNP nor its any alliance partners has any candidate to contest the national election from Dhaka-1, Manikganj-2 and Bagura-7 seats as the nominations of all the candidates of the party were cancelled by the EC.
In Dhaka, the returning officer declared BNP leader Amamnullah Aman’s nomination illegal for Dhaka-2 constituency as he was convicted in a corruption case.
Besides, the nominations of BNP’s Dhaka-6 candidate and ex-Mayor Sadek HossainK hoka’s son Ishraque Hossain, Dhaka-1 runner Khandaker Abu Ashfaq, Dhaka-9 contender Afroza Abbas and Dhaka-20 runners Sultans Ahmed and Tamijuddin, Dhaka-7 and Dhaka-5 candidates Nasima Akter Kalpana and Prof Selim Bhuiyan were also revoked.
In Tangail, the nomination papers of KSJL chief Abdul Kader Siddiqui for Tangail-4 and Tangail-8 constituencies were rejected on charge of loan default, said returning officer Shahidul Islam.
Besides, the nominations two BNP runners -- Fakir Mahbub Anam Swapan and ex-state minister Nur Mohammad Kahn -- for Tangail-1 and Tangail-6 seats respectively were also declared invalid on charge of loan default.
In Chattogram, the returning officer cancelled the nomination of BNP leader and former Foreign Minister Morshed Khan for Chattogram-8 constituency on charge of not clearing the electricity bill. The candidate of Ershad Ullah, another party candidate in the same seat, was also cancelled.”
The returning officer also rejected the nominations of Giasuddin Quader Chowdhury for Chattogram-2 and Chattogram-7 while his son Samir Quader Chowdhury for Chattogram-6 due to loan default.
The nominations of BNP candidates Mir Nasirand his son Mir Helal for Chattogram-5, BNP joint secretary general Aslam Chowdhury for Chattogram-4 and Mostafa Kamal Pasha for Chattogram-3 were also annulled on charge of loan default.
In Patuakhali, the nomination of former Awami League MP Golam Maula Rony for Patuakhali-3 seat was cancelled as he did not put his signature on the affidavit.
On November 26, Rony joined BNP consciously deserting his party Awami League. Later, he received the BNP nomination letter for contesting the general election from Patuakhali-3.
In Habiganj, the returning officer cancelled the nomination of Gano Forum candidate Reza Kibria for Habiganj-1 constituency due to loan default.
In Natore, returning officer Shah Reaz turned down the nomination of BNP’s organising secretary Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu for Natore-2 seat as he was convicted in two cases.
However, his wife Sabina Yesmin’s candidature in the same constituency has been declared valid.
Besides, Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Khan’s nomination for Natore-4 seat was rejected by the returning officer.
In Rajshahi, the returning officer annulled the nomination papers of former BNP minister Barrister Aminul Haque for Rajshahi-1 and Nadim Mostafa in Rajshahi-5.
In Kishoreganj, the nomination of BNP’s Kishoreganj-2 candidate Maj (retd) Akhtaruzzaman was cancelled on charge of loan default.
Besides, nominations ofBNP’s four other candidates - M Shariful Islam and Khaled Saifullah (Kishoreganj-1), Saiful Islam Sumon(Kishoreganj-3) and Suranjan Gosh (Kishoreganj-4) -– were also cancelled.
Meanwhile, BNP alleged that the returning officer rejected the nomination papers of its four aspirants in Manikganj district questioning the authenticity of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's signature during the scrutiny.
Dhaka, Dec 2 (UNB) - Alongside different government agencies, the Election Commission will also monitor the social media to check fake news and propaganda ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections, said EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Sunday.
He said this while talking to reporters after a meeting at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
Officials from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and other law enforcement agencies were present at the meeting.
The EC secretary said the administration has already started monitoring social media round the clock to prevent fake news and propaganda before the election. "We'll form a monitoring team of our own comprising ICT officials. It’ll work from tomorrow (Monday) alongside others so the social media is not misused targeting the election and that no one can carry out propaganda there," he said.
Helal said if anyone conducts propaganda in the social media, legal action will be taken as per the Digital Security Act and other existing laws.
On November 26, the EC also held a meeting with the representatives of BTRC and National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre (NTMC), and top officials of other law enforcement agencies and mobile phone operators in this regard.
At that meeting, the Commission asked the authorities concerned to monitor the social media round-the-clock to check the spread of propaganda and rumours over the forthcoming national election.
Dhaka, Dec 2 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the convicted people should not contest the upcoming national election on moral grounds.
“It’s better for the convicted persons to stay away from the election on moral grounds. Awami League doesn’t support it morally,” he said while addressing a press briefing at party chief’s Dhanmondi political office.
The Appellate Division on Sunday stayed a High Court order that had allowed a convicted person to take part in the national election, blocking the way for those sentenced to over two years’ imprisonment to join the upcoming parliamentary elections billed for December 30.
Following the apex court’s verdict, many BNP leaders, including its chairperson Khaleda Zia, cannot participate in the election as they were convicted in various cases.
Describing Jatiya Oikyafront’s ‘failure’ to announce its Prime Minister candidate before the election as its primary defeat, Quader said, “Although there’re many leaders in the platform, there’s no one who can take the responsibility of the prime minister.”
He said BNP’s announcement to launch a movement just before 25 days of the election is nothing but a nightmare. “People are now in an election mood, they’re not in a movement mood,” he said, alleging that BNP is trying in many ways to destabilise the situation.
The ruling party leader also claimed that Awami League depends on people's strength while BNP on rumour. “As BNP has less confidence in people, they depend on rumour.”
“The difference between a communal party and non-communal one is now clearer than in the past. The people of Bangladesh will choose the right one for their betterment. We don’t believe that people will vote for the party which patronises communalism and militancy in the name of politics,” he said.
Quader also warned that those will remain in the election race going against the party decision will be expelled from the party for life.
Bagura, Dec 2 (UNB) –The nomination paper of much-talked-about independent candidate for Bagura-4 seats Ashraful Alom alias Hero Alom was turned down by the Election Commission on Sunday as he could not properly submit the signatures of one percent voters of his constituency.
Returning officer Foyez Ahmed announced his nomination paper invalid.
He said Alom submitted the list of one percent voters of the constancy with his nomination form as per the condition for an independence runner. “But during scrutiny we found there are some forged signatures. That’s why we’ve rejected his nomination form.”
Hero Alom submitted his nomination paper for contesting the election from Bagura-4 seat as an independent contender as he failed to get Jatiya Party’s ticket.
In his instant reaction, Hero Alom said he will make an appeal against the returning officer’s decision. “I’m subjected to injustice through the rejection of my nomination. The signature of 3,121 candidates are sufficient as the total number of voters in my area are 3, 12,086, but I submitted the signatures of 3,500 voters.”
He also said his candidature was turned down as part of a plot against him. “I’ll stay in the field till the last as no conspiracy against me will work.”
Hero Alom, who hails from Bagura district, has settled in Erulia with his spouse and children.
He is known as an internet sensation in a hilarious way as few of his local music videos and telefilms or ‘natok’ went viral in social media over the last few years.
Hero Alom became internet focus again as he bought a nomination form of Jatiya Party to contest the nation election.
Dhaka, Dec 2 (UNB) - BNP on Sunday alleged that the Returning Officer rejected the nomination papers of its aspirants in Manikganj district questioning the authenticity of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's signatures during the scrutiny.
A letter signed by BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was submitted to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda with such complaints.
"The returning officer cancelled our aspirants' nomination papers in all the three constituencies in Manikganj questioning the signatures of our party's general secretary," BNP chairperson's adviser Bijon Kanti Sarkar told reporters after handing over the letter to the EC Secretary.
Bijon said Fakhrul also informed the matter to the Election Commission making phone calls to the EC Secretary.
Later, the EC Secretary suggested BNP to file an appeal against the decision of the retuning officer informing that the Commission has nothing to do now in this stage as the nomination papers have already been rejected, Bijon added.
In the letter, Fakhrul said, "The Deputy Commissioner of Manikganj (also the returning officer) didn’t accept my signature used in the nomination papers, which is unexpected."
He said, "I firmly inform that I myself put signatures on all the nomination papers and there is no scope of any doubt."
The BNP Secretary General asked the Election Commission to issue directives to all the returning officers, including the Manikganj one, to accept his signature.