Mohiuddin, 10 others collect nomination forms
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury collected nomination forms from the district election office yesterday to contest the CCC elections scheduled for June 17.
In the last two days, a total of 11 prospective candidates collected nomination forms for the mayoral post, 211 for 41 posts of ward councillor and 35 others for 14 seats reserved for women.
Mayor Mohiuddin, also president of Chittagong city Awami League, arrived at the election office at Jamal Khan at around 3:00pm by a microbus and received the form from a returning officer.
The mayor also submitted an application to the returning officer, seeking 'lantern' (hurricane lamp) as his election symbol. He won the last three consecutive mayoral elections with this election symbol.
However, Returning Officer Jasmine Tuli said, “Since there is no 'hurricane lamp' on the list of symbols for city corporation elections this time, there is no scope for us to consider the appeal.”
Both 'hurricane lamp' and 'bicycle' were dropped from the list of symbols for the CCC elections, as they are being used in the parliamentary elections by Muslim League and Jatiya Party (Manju) respectively, said sources in the election office.
City AL General Secretary Enamul Haque Danu, Joint Secretary Ibrahim Hossain Babul, MA Rashid and some other leaders and activists accompanied Mayor Mohiuddin during the collection of the form.
Emerging from the Election Office, Mayor Mohiuddin told reporters that if elected, he would work towards building Chittagong as a developed city and ensuring welfare of the nation.
About other candidates from the rival faction of his party, Mohiuddin said he sees no problem in anyone seeking to be candidate, but everyone will have to abide by the party decision.
The other mayoral candidates who collected forms yesterday are city AL organising secretary Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Jatiya Party Chittagong city convener Solaiman Alam Sheth, Afaz Ullah Khan, Jane Alam, Mohammad Ibrahim and Swarup Kumar Dutta.
Meanwhile, Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) started setting up check-posts at different points of the city to maintain law and order in the run-up to the election.
CMP Deputy Commi-ssioner (North) Banaj Kumar Majumder said the police searched vehicles and people at around 100 points of the city yesterday and a number of mobile teams have been deployed in this regard.