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Aman, Kader, Rony, Reza among 13 fail RO scrutiny
Nomination papers of at least 13 political activists including BNP leader Amamnullah Aman and Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) President Abdul Kader Siddiqui Bir Uttam have been cancelled as the Election Commission fixed today (December 2) for scrutiny of the documents.
The returning officer for Dhaka-2 constituency cancelled Aman's nomination papers as the BNP leader was convicted in a corruption case, reports local TV channels today.
Tangail RO Shahidul Islam cancelled Kader Siddiqui's nomination papers for Tangail-4 and Tangail-8 constituencies on loan default charges, reports our Tangail correspondent.
Meanwhile, the returning officer for Rajshahi-1 cancelled nomination papers of eight candidates including former BNP minister Barrister Aminul Haque, reports our Rajshahi correspondent.
Returning officer rejected nomination paper of Golam Maula Roni, BNP aspirant for Patuakhali-3 (Galachipa, Dashmina), as he didnÕt put his signature on his affidavit, Md Matiul Islam Chowdhury, Patuakhali RO declared the reject decision at noon while scrutinising nomination paper at his office, reports our Patuakhali correspondent.
Roni recently joined BNP and submitted nomination for Patuakhali-3. He was an elected lawmaker from this constituency with Awami League ticket in 2008.
The nomination papers of Reza Kibria, who filed nomination under Gonoforum for Habiganj-1, has been rejected on loan default charges while the returning officer rejected the nomination of independent aspirant Keya Chowdhury as her signature was missing in the affidavit.
In a response, Reza Kibria said he had a default loan of Tk 5,500 with Citi Bank as he was abroad, adding that the loan has been already repaid and he would appeal against the RO's decision to cancel his nomination papers.
WHEN IS THE ELECTION?
Election Commission has revised polls schedule, deferring the 11th general election by a week to December 30 – a decision taken earlier this week.
The authorities have fixed November 28 as the deadline for filing nomination papers, December 2 for scrutiny and December 9 last date of withdrawal.
The move came following demands from several opposition political parties.
IS EVERYONE PARTICIPATING?
Chief Election Commissioner has said that there is a congenial atmosphere in the country – echoing the words of the ruling party.
However, major opposition alliances like the Jatiya Oikyafront, which includes BNP, and the BikalpaDhara-led Juktafront have sought for delaying the schedule.
Until thus far, it seems that the coming parliamentary election will not be the Ònon-participatory electionÓ that was its predecessor.
All the major political parties are gearing up to contest in the election and there has been no threats of a boycott or withdrawal unlike the last time.