Violation of polls regulations: EC to issue show-cause notice against Azmat Ullah
The Election Commission (EC) will issue a show-cause notice to Azmat Ulla Khan, Awami League mayoral candidate in Gazipur City Corporation election, for allegedly violating the electoral code of conduct while submitting nomination papers.
Election Commissioner Md Alamgir, while talking to journalists today at the Election Secretariat in Dhaka's Agargaon, said he will have to come to the Election Commission in Dhaka to give an explanation in this regard.
He also said that in view of the upcoming elections at the five city corporations, the EC will write separate letters to the Cabinet Division and the Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader requesting them so that the ministers, state ministers, and members of parliament follow the electoral code of conduct.
The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal and other election commissioners sat in a meeting today and decided to send the show cause notice and letters with the EC's instructions.
EC Alamgir said that there is a trend of not obeying the electoral code of conduct by candidates and their supporters ahead of city corporations elections as information is coming from various media outlets and other sources.
For this, the EC has discussed this issue and took some decisions in this regard.
On the issue of Azmat Ullah Khan, Alamgir said, "The EC has decided to issue a show cause notice to Azmat Ullah, amid allegations of violation of code of conduct. An explanation will be sought from him and he will be asked to appear before the EC and explain the matter."
According to the electoral code of conduct, there can be no showdown during the filing of nomination papers by any candidate.
Not more than five people can be with the candidate in the Returning Officer's office while submitting the nomination paper. But, Azmat allegedly did not follow that instruction on April 27.
At least 10 leaders and activists were with them from the main gate to the submission of nomination papers to the returning officer. Besides, there were many leaders and activists on the road.