Ctg mayor goes to HC for contesting JS election
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) seeking a stay order on the Election Commission's (EC) decision which bar him from running in the parliamentary polls.
In the writ petition Mohiuddin challenged the provisions of the Representation of People Order (RPO) 2008 which denies the constitutional rights of the city mayors and debars them from contesting the general election while in office.
Petitioner's counsel Advocate Hari Sadhan Deb Brahman told The Daily Star that hearing of the petition might be held today.
Earlier on November 25, in response to a writ petition filed by Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka, the HC stayed for four weeks operation of the EC's decision in a similar caseasking it to explain why its debarring the city mayors from contesting the general election while in office should not be declared illegal.
The EC on November 17 decided that mayors are not qualified to compete in the national election since they enjoy financial and other benefits from statutory authorities like city corporations and municipalities.
It also concluded that for seeking election to parliament mayors will have to resign their positions before filing nominations.