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The Election Commission (EC) has already proved its credibility as an independent constitutional body through its activities.
On the first day of hearing appeals against nominations rejection Thursday, the EC declared valid a total of 81 out of 160 appeals.
38 out of these 81 applicants were from the BNP that has been loud in criticising the present EC from the very beginning of its assuming office.
The commission has cancelled 77 appeals and two are pending, an EC official told Bangladesh Post.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir hailed the commission for doing justice in hearing the appeals.
“Those nominations had been cancelled during the returning officers’ scrutiny, we thanked the Election Commission for giving justice through valid candidates to contest the polls,” he said.
The commission is holding review of the appeals filed by the BNP nominated candidates and others. By any standard, the EC is playing neutral and impartial role for holding the upcoming polls in a free and fair manner.
The E) on Thursday started hearing on the appeal petitions filed by 11th parliamentary polls candidates whose candidatures were scraped earlier by returning officers during the primary scrutiny.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda and other four Election Commissioners Mahbub Talukdar, Md Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Brigadier General (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury began the hearing started at 10 am at the Nirbachan Bhaban in city’s Agargaon area.
Among them were BNP candidates Morshed Milton of Bogura-7, Md Tamij Uddin of Dhaka-20, Major (Retd) Akhtaruzzaman of Kishoreganj-2, Taiyab Ali of Chapainawabganj-2, Golam Maula Rony of Patukhali-3, Abdul Majid of Jhenaidah-2 and Khandaker Abu Ashfaque of Dhaka-1.
EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters that 543 candidates challenged the cancellation of their nomination papers while 160 of them would be disposed of in the first day of hearing.
He said hearing on 150 petitions would be given on Friday and 233 would be sorted out on Saturday.
“The EC will hand over a copy of its decision on a petition instantly after its disposal,” Ahmed said.
On December 2, one-fourth of the nomination papers submitted by potential candidates countrywide were rejected.
The commission scrutinized a total of 3,065 nomination papers, and rejected 786 applications. It approved the nomination papers of 2,279 candidates.
According to the polls schedule, the 11th national election will be held on December 30. The last date of withdrawal of nomination paper is December 9. The EC will allocate the polls symbols to candidates on December 10.