12:00 AM, December 04, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:15 AM, December 04, 2018

Nominations Rejected: BNP 141, AL 3

84 file appeals with EC; hearing starts on Thursday

The BNP had as many as 141 nominations rejected while their rival the ruling Awami League only had three, sources in the Election Commission said. 

The BNP nominated 696 leaders in 295 seats as part of its strategy to field multiple candidates in almost all constituencies. It opted for this strategy fearing some candidates would be rejected by the EC on various grounds, including conviction in cases and defaulting on loans.

The ruling AL fielded 281 candidates in 264 constituencies with multiple candidates in 17 seats.

According to an EC statement, the returning officers during scrutiny on Sunday rejected 786 (25.64 percent) of the 3,065 nominations on the grounds of being convicted, defaulting on loans, and non-payment of utility bills.

In the 2008 parliamentary polls, the ROs rejected 557 (22.64 percent) of 2,460 nominations.

Aspirants, whose nominations were rejected, can appeal to the EC by tomorrow. The EC would start hearing the appeals from Thursday.

BNP leader Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin, Gonoforum candidate Reza Kibria and 82 others have appealed to the EC yesterday.

Nasiruddin's nomination was rejected for being convicted in a graft case in 2008 and Kibria's was rejected for failing to pay the fee for a credit card.

The BNP may file appeals today or tomorrow against the ROs decision to reject all three nominations of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia, party sources said.

Khaleda has been in jail since February 8 after being sentenced to five years in prison in a graft case. She was also sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment in another corruption case in October.

She filed three nominations -- Bogura-6, -7 and Feni-1.

Meanwhile, most of the 23 candidates rejected in Rajshahi did not get the certified copy of the rejections even yesterday.

The document is required for an appeal to be filed with the EC.

According to EC sources, the Jatiya Party had filed 233 nominations and 38 of them were rejected.

At least three dozen dissidents of ruling AL were rejected by the ROs, a blessing for the ruling party. The party still has over three dozen more rebels to deal with, said a senior AL leader.

He said the party, this time, will not hesitate to take stern action against dissidents. AL high command would try to ensure that the remaining dissidents quit on or before December 9, the last day for withdrawal of candidature.

“If needed, the prime minister will intervene … one thing is sure that the rebels will not be returning to the party, even if they win,” said the leader.

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