The High Court has again expressed anger over the provision of collecting one percent of signatures in support of independent candidates and submitting them to the Election Commission (EC). The court said that by signing means voting in advance. However, the vote will be secret.
A double bench of Justice ATM Mohammad Saifur Rahman and Justice Mohammad Bashir Ullah made such comments on Wednesday.
The court said, in the case of independent candidates in the National Assembly elections, there may be a rationale behind asking for a list of what they have done for the community. But the list of 1 percent literate is asked for, which many candidates provide manually sitting at home.
Meanwhile, the court dismissed the writ seeking cancellation of the candidature of Awami League candidate Barrister Shahjahan Omar in Jhalkathi-1 seat. The candidature of independent candidate Yusuf Abdullah Haroon of Comilla-3 seat was also declared valid by the High Court.
On the other hand, the chamber court sent Awami League candidate Simin Hossain Rimi’s leave to appeal for hearing to the full bench on January 2 seeking to cancel the candidature of industrialist Alam Ahmed, an independent candidate of Gazipur-4 seat.