Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) – Following demonstrations by those who got their appeals rejected, the Election Commission on Friday night started delivering certified copies of its orders on appeals filed by contestants against the decisions of returning officers.
The aggrieved contenders whose appeals were rejected during hearing started staging demonstrations on the EC Secretariat's premises demanding that the certified copies of the EC decisions be distributed.
The demonstrations prompted the EC to start providing the certified copies from the reception room of the Nirbachan Bhaban.
Though the EC started its three-day hearing on Thursday morning and disposed of 310 petitions till Friday afternoon, no petitioner got the certified copy of the EC's judgment over rejection and acceptance of nomination papers by returning officers.
For lack of certified copy of the EC decisions, an aggrieved contestant cannot go to the High Court to seek redress, said an agitating independent aspirant Abul Foyez Bhuiyan (Lakshmipur-2).
During the scrutiny, returning officers on December 2 accepted a total of 2,279 nomination papers while cancelled 786 others submitted in the country's 300 constituencies to contest the national election slated for December 30.
A total of 543 petitions were filed with the EC, the appellate authority, seeking that the decisions of the returning officers be overturned over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers.