Election officials received 3,056 nomination papers for the 300 electoral constituencies for the 11th parliamentary elections scheduled for December 30 after the deadline for filing nominations expired Wednesday.
According to reports sent by our correspondents, the nomination papers were filed amidst festivity across the country, marked with violations of electoral code of conduct at some places.
Aspirants in many districts went to the returning officers’ offices in processions, violating the Electoral Code of Conduct; although EC had asked the aspirants not to bring more than five supporters with them.
Supporters of ruling Awami League (AL) and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) engaged in intra-party and inter-party clashes and other activities of violation of the electoral code, reported our correspondents.
At a press conference at the Election Commission (EC) headquarters in Dhaka On Wednesday afternoon, EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed, said however that no complaint of violation electoral code of conduct was filed with the commission.
He said that 3,056 nomination papers — 361 in Rangpur, 353 in Rajshahi, 351 in Khulna, 182 in Barishal, 236 in Mymensingh, 708 in Dhaka, 177 in Sylhet and 688 in Chattogram divisions — were received by the election officials.
Highest 27 nomination papers were submitted for Dhaka 17 and lowest four nomination papers were submitted for Magura 2 constituency.
Most leaders of major political parties submitted their nomination papers with festivity on the last date of filing on Wednesday.
Jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s nomination papers were submitted for Bogura 6, Bogura 7 and Feni 1 while the party’s alternative candidates also submitted nomination papers for the three seats as per a party decision fearing that Khaleda’s nominations might be cancelled.
Bogura district BNP president Saiful Islam on behalf of Khaleda Zia submitted her nomination papers for Bogura 6. The nomination papers of AL president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was filed by central leaders for Gopalganj 3 and Rangpur 6 on Tuesday. AL general secretary Obaidul Quader submitted his nomination papers for Noakhali 1 on Tuesday.
JP chairman HM Ershad filed nomination papers for Dhaka 17 and Rangpur 3 on Wednesday.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir submitted nomination paper for Thakurgaon 1. His nomination paper was also submitted for Bogura 6 along with Khaleda’s nomination papers.
BNP chairperson’s advisory council member AKM Mahbubur Rahman and former Bogura district BNP president Rezaul Karim Badsha submitted nomination papers as alternative candidate for the seat, reported our correspondent in Bogura.
Gabtoli upazila BNP general secretary Morshed Milton and Shajahanpur upzila chairman Sarker Badal submitted nomination papers for Bogura 7 seat as alternative to Khaleda Zia.
Our correspondent in Feni reported that nomination paper of Khaleda Zia for Feni 1 was submitted by BNP national executive committee member Rehana Akter Ranu.
In addition Dhaka city south unit Juba Dal president Rafiqul Alam Majnu and BNP Chhagalnaiya upazila unit president Nur Ahmad Majumdar submitted nomination papers for Feni 1 as Khaleda’s alternative. BNP chairperson’s adviser Joynal Abedin told journalists that the party is instructed to submit nomination papers by two more candidates for Feni 1.
Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain did not file any nomination paper as he would not participate in the polls, said the party’s executive president Subrata Chowdhury.
BNP vice-chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo who got nomination certificates for Feni 1 and Feni 3 and joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal who got nomination letter for Barishal 2 did not submit nomination papers, said BNP chairperson’s press wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan was made chief of electioneering committee of the party. At the final stage of filing nomination papers, AL cancelled nominations for disaster management minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya and Mohammed Shamsul Haque Bhuiyan of Chandpur as both were found to be loan defaulters.
AL’s Dhaka city (south) unit vice-president Nurul Amin Ruhul replaced Maya in Chandpur 2, while Jatiya Press Club president Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman replaced Shamsul Haque in Chandpur 4.
AL is likely to announce its list of candidature in all 300 seats on the last day for withdrawal of nomination papers, December 9.
AL and JP leaders and activists held protests in Patuakhali and Khagrachari on Wednesday demanding nominations for their favourites, changing the party candidates in two constituencies.
At least 12 BNP leaders and activists were injured as two groups of the party clashed in Munshiganj and Barishal over filing of nomination papers. The clashes broke out outside the assistant returning officer’s office at Tongibari in Munshiganj and on the premises of returning officer’s office in Barishal.
According to the EC secretariat, the number of nomination papers submitted was 11,007 for January 5, 2014 elections, 2,460 in December 2008 elections, 2,563 in October 2001 elections, 3,093 in June 1996 elections and 3,855 in 1991 elections.