12:00 AM, January 04, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:53 AM, January 04, 2019

Dhaka-8: HC rejects writ petition challenging election result

A High Court bench yesterday refused to hear a writ petition that challenged the election result of Dhaka-8 constituency.

The bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir Lytton also dropped the petition from its hearing list, saying that it has no jurisdiction to hear the election-related petition.

The bench, however, said the petitioner has liberty to move the same petition before any other HC bench.

Writ petitioner Advocate Md Eunus Ali Akond, who was the Jatiya Party candidate for the constituency, told The Daily Star that he would move the petition before another HC bench on Sunday.

In the petition filed on January 1, Advocate Eunus sought an HC directive upon the Election Commission (EC) to cancel the result of Dhaka-8, citing irregularities.

According to the petition, Eunus also prayed to the HC to order EC not to include Rashed Khan Menon as the elected candidate in the gazette notification.

Menon, the grand alliance candidate of Dhaka-8, won the December 30 general election from the constituency.

Citing the petition, Advocate Eunus said agents of all parties except Awami League were not allowed in the polling centres during the election. The voter turnout was very low, but the result said the opposite, he said.

He also said Rashed Khan Menon is the president of Bangladesh Workers Party and his party's election symbol is “sickle”. But he ran the race with Awami League's election symbol “boat”, breaching the Representation of People Order (RPO).

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