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43 more candidates returned

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The Election Commission (EC) has canceled the nomination papers of Awami League nominated candidate Abdus Salam for Mymensingh-9 constituency due to debt default. On the other hand, the nomination papers of the expelled BNP leader Major Akhtaruzzaman, an independent candidate for Kishoreganj-2 seat, have been declared valid.

On Thursday, 43 candidates were rejected in the fifth day’s appeal hearing at the Agargaon election building in the capital. In this regard, 257 people returned their candidature in the last 5 days.

The appeal hearing of the 5th day of the aggrieved candidates started at 10 am in the election building. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal presided. Four Commissioners and EC Secretary were present.

On the fifth day of hearing, 52 applications were rejected. Hearing of four applications has been adjourned.

The EC has postponed two appeals filed by Awami League nominated candidate Shammi Ahmed in Barisal-4 seat. Next Friday between 10 am and 11 pm on these two applications will be heard again.

Awami League nominated candidate Abdus Salam’s candidature for Mymensingh-9 seat has been cancelled. Member of Parliament and independent candidate Anwarul Abedin Khan accused him of defaulting on loans.

Anwarul Abedin Khan’s lawyer Khairul Hossain Sarkar said, ‘Salam Sahib’s nomination was declared valid even though he was a defaulter from three institutions and his CIB status was yes. Later we were aggrieved and filed an appeal. The Election Commission allowed our appeal and canceled his candidature.

Meanwhile, the independent candidate of Kishoreganj-2 constituency and the expelled leader of BNP, retired Major Akhtaruzzaman has regained his candidature.

Akhtaruzzaman said, ‘I hope we will get a fair environment in the elections. I will get a free environment. I came here as a challenge to the government. My beloved party rebelled against BNP and I came here just to see if the government gives fair and proper elections.’

Meanwhile, during the appeal hearing process, a scuffle took place between the supporters of two candidates of Comilla-1 seat at the election building.


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