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34 local govt representatives’ nomination rejected
During the Sunday’s scrutiny of nomination papers returning officers rejected at least 34 nomination papers following complicacies regarding resignation from the local government bodies mostly from the upzila parishad.
According to a Tuesday’s report compiled by Election Commission, of the 34 aspirant 25 were from Bangladesh Nationalist Party, one from ruling Awami League, one from another party and the rest seven are independent.
The report stated that a total of 786 nomination papers out of 3,065 submissions were rejected in the scrutiny stage and the number of nomination seekers rejected from BNP stood at 141 while AL’s stood at only three.
EC officials said that some chairmen of upazila parished submitted nomination papers before their resignations were accepted which was in discord with the law.
On November 24, the EC decided that the elected heads of the local government bodies would not be allowed to take part in the parliamentary elections as they were holding ‘office of profit’.
He, however, said that other representatives including councillor and members would be allowed to take part in the parliamentary elections holding their positions.
Of the rejected 34 civic body chiefs, 24 are upazila chairmen, three are union parishad chairman, two are upazila parishad vice-chairmen and the rest five are municipal chairmen.
The EC’s report also stated that most nomination papers of independent aspirants were rejected over complicacy regarding the required signatures from one per cent of the voters.