The Election Commission (EC) today declared 17 candidates valid after hearing 40 petitions filed against the rejection of their nomination papers by the returning officers during scrutiny on December 2.
Of the 40 appeals, the EC also rejected 17, kept two pending and dismissed four petitions during the hearing, our staff correspondent reports from the spot.
During the hearing, the commission rejected candidature of Samir Quader Chowdhury, a nephew of war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, from Chattogram-6, our staff correspondent reports from the spot.
The EC resumed the hearing on the appeals for the second day at its office around 10:00am in Dhaka’s Agargaon area.
HOW MANY APPEALS WERE HEARD YESTERDAY?
The Election Commission on the first day held hearing of 160 petitions filed against the rejection for their nomination papers by returning officers.
Among the 160 appeals, 80 were accepted and 76 rejected. Decision on four others is pending.
As many as 3,065 nomination papers were submitted, and the ROs rejected 786 of those during scrutiny on December 2.
A total of 543 appeals were filed against ROs' rejection of nomination papers.
Of the 80 successful appellants, 37 are BNP leaders and 43 are leaders of the JP and several other parties, and independent aspirants.
The BNP saw 21 appeals of its leaders rejected by the EC. Besides, the commission turned down 55 appeals from other parties and independent aspirants.
The remaining 383 appeals will be heard today and tomorrow.
11TH JS ELECTION SCHEDULE
The 11th general election will be held on December 30.
As per the polls schedule, the deadline for filing the nomination papers was November 28.
The authorities have fixed December 2 for scrutiny and December 9 the last date for nomination withdrawal.