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Election Commission

BNP spent 3 times its income last year

BNP's expenditure on different party activities in 2013 was three times its income in the year, according to an audit report submitted by the party to the Election Commission (EC). The party's annual income was Tk 76,05,761 while its expenditure was Tk 2,27, 00,362, said the report. After an extension of the deadline by two weeks, a four-member delegation led by BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi yesterday submitted the report to the EC's Acting Secretary Sirazul Islam. "Our main source...

Polls Expense Report

EC sues Ershad

EC sues Ershad

The Election Commission has filed a case against Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad for not submitting the expense report of his campaign in Lalmonirhat-1 constituency even six months after the January 5 polls. On Thursday night, Returning Officer Md Habibur Rahman filed the case with Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station under section 74 of the Representation of the People Order (RPO), 1972. "Police will investigate the matter and submit a report in this connection to the court," Mahfuzur Rahman, officer-in-charge of the police station, told The Daily Star yesterday. But he did not mention any specific timeframe for submission of the report. As per electoral law, all contesting candidates have to submit their electoral...

Ershad sued for ‘not submitting’ polls expenses

Ershad sued for ‘not submitting’ polls expenses

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was sued for not submitting the expenditure of his campaigns for January 5 polls in Lalmonirhat-1 constituency to the Election Commission. Habibur Rahman, the returning officer and also the deputy commissioner in Lalmonirhat filed the case last night. As per the rules of EC, Ershad did not submit his election expenditure to the district returning officer till Thursday afternoon, said Mahfuzur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station. The election official also filed a case against the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) candidate Sadekul Islam, who contested from the same constituency, for same reason, the police official told our Lalmonirhat correspondent. The cases were lodged following the direction of...

ACC seeks Ruhal's sources of wealth

Anti-Corruption Commission has asked former Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque to submit sources of his wealth before it within seven days. The ACC came up with the order after quizzing Ruhal and his son Ziaul Haque for two and a half hours at its Segunbagicha office in the capital yesterday, said a source. A top official of ACC said the former minister already has submitted some documents on his wealth. Based on Ruhal's wealth statement submitted to the Election Commission it was...

Show sources of income in 7 days, ACC asks Ruhal

Show sources of income in 7 days, ACC asks Ruhal

Anti-Corruption Commission has asked former Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque to submit documents containing the sources of his wealth before it within seven days. The ACC came up with the order after interrogating Haque and his son Ziaul Haque at its Segunbagicha office in the capital, Pranab Bhattacharya, public relation officer of ACC told The Daily Star. A team of the ACC led by its Deputy Director Mirza Zahidul Islam quizzed Haque and his son for two and a half hours since 11:00am. The duo was summoned to the ACC today for interrogation in connection with 'accumulating' a huge amount of wealth during a short period. The anti-graft body has decided to interrogate...


Campaign for by-polls ends

The Election Commission claims to have taken all-out measures to hold the Narayanganj-5 by-polls tomorrow fairly and peacefully amid fear of vote rigging and violence. Jatiya Party-nominated candidate Selim Osman and independent candidate SM Akram completed their campaigns yesterday in the constituency that has 3.42 lakh voters. More than 4,500 members of Border Guard Bangladesh, Rapid Action Battalion, Armed Police Battalion, police, Ansar and Coast Guard have been deployed in the constituency to maintain law and order. "We have deployed a sufficient...

Democracy Within Bnp

Party for all, power for one

Party for all, power for one

The Awami League and the BNP claim that they are working for strengthening democracy in the country. But democratic practice within the two major parties still remains a far cry. We ran a report on Monday on how AL ignores its own charter in running the party and we are carrying a report today on the BNP.   BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia enjoys the absolute authority to convene the party's national executive committee meeting. But, over the last 25 months, she hasn't called any. The committee, entrusted with the vital task of coordinating activities of different other bodies of the BNP, must sit at least once in every six months as...


Voters' info in non-govt. hands

THE report that the data centre containing all the vital information about voters as well as the password for the voter registration department is controlled by a private agency and the members on the staff of a project under the voter registration wing of the EC is quite unsettling It is worthwhile to note that the said private agency, Tiger IT, was contracted by the EC in June, 2010 to modernise the voters' information storage system under the National Identity...

N'ganj By-Election

Voters' details to be on website

Voters will be able to know their voter numbers and polling stations over a week before the polling day of Narayanganj-5 by-election scheduled for June 26 as the Election Commission has decided to upload this information on its website. “We will introduce a new link on our website. Voters will have to login with the link using their national ID card numbers. Then, they will see their names, voter numbers and polling stations,” Motiar Rahman, deputy secretary of the EC...

Expenditure Report

EC fines JP

The Election Commission has decided to fine the Jaitya Party Tk 10,000 for not submitting on time a statement on its expenditure during the January 5 national election. This is the first time it will impose financial penalty on a party since the introduction of the political parties' registration system in 2008. The commission made the decision at a meeting on Monday, Election Commissioner Shah Nawaz told The Daily Star yesterday. The main opposition failed to submit the statement within the first...

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