SC validates AL nominee's candidature | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 05, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 05, 2009


SC validates AL nominee's candidature

The chamber judge of the Supreme Court yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) order for the Election Commission (EC) to accept the nomination of Awami League candidate HM Ibrahim for contesting parliamentary polls to Noakhali-1 constituency slated for January 12.
The election to the constituency was suspended following the death of Gonotantri Party leader and Awami League-led grand alliance candidate Nurul Islam.
Chamber Judge Justice Md Tafazzal Islam passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by Khandaker Ruhul Amin, an independent parliamentary candidate.
Following Ibrahim's writ petition that challenged the EC's decision of cancelling his candidature, the HC vacation bench on December 30 last year directed the commission to accept Ibrahim as a valid nominee of Awami League.
Ruhul Amin yesterday filed the appeal with the bench of the chamber judge to stay the HC order.
HM Ibrahim, an Awami League leader, earlier filed nomination as an independent candidate for contesting from Noakhali-1 constituency.
But he withdrew his candidature after the grand alliance nominated Nurul Islam in the constituency.
Nurul Islam died on December 4 last year. Later, Ibrahim submitted a fresh nomination paper getting Awami League ticket.
The EC on December 14 rescheduled the polls to this constituency for January 12.
The returning officer concerned accepted his nomination paper but the EC cancelled his candidature on grounds that he earlier withdrew his candidature.
Ibrahim filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the legality of the EC's decision.

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