Staff Correspondent
The Election Commission (EC) has asked all nomination aspirants to pay bills of telephone, gas, electricity and water connections by November 12.
If any fails or does not pay the bills of these connections, nomination of such aspirants would be cancelled by the commission.
Directing the returning officers of all 300 parliamentary constituencies, the EC on Saturday issued a circular in this regard, a senior EC official told Bangladesh Post.
The circular stated that the aspirant candidates must have to pay their utility bills before the submission of the nomination paper to the returning officers.
The last day of filing nomination paper is November 19. Those who want to participate in the polls as candidates must pay bills of utility services by November 12.
The circular also stated that if any director or partner of a farm is found, during submission of the nomination, to have taken loans from a bank or financial institute but failed to pay the installments, they would not be capable for participating the polls.
According to the polls schedule of the 11th parliamentary election, the polls would be held on December 23. The nomination paper would be scrutinised on November 22 and the last date of withdrawal of nomination papers is November 29.
The EC has directed all returning officers to publish mass circulars about the details of polls schedule. The commission has also directed to use photograph of voters on the voter lists for holding the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Meanwhile, the commissioned has asked the returning officers (ROs) not to cancel nomination papers of aspiring candidates for the 11th parliamentary election for silly mistakes.
“If any mistakes are found during the scrutiny and those can be corrected immediately, get those corrected by the aspirants, the EC said in a circular on Saturday.
It said the nomination papers would not be canceled for silly mistakes.
The circular also said that if the recruiting officer finds a nomination paper valid, there will be no need to scrutinize other papers.
The EC also said one would be required to pay telephone, electricity, gas, water and other government bills by November 12 to file nomination paper.
Besides, an aspirant who defaulted on a bank loan (not small agriculture loan) is not eligible to be a candidate.
The election will be held on December 23. As per the schedule, the last date of submission of nomination papers is November 19, scrutiny will be held on November 22 and the last date of withdrawal of nomination paper is November 29. Election symbol will be allocated on November 30.
Meanwhile, the EC is planning to deploy army at polling centres equipped with electronic voting machine (EVMs) to “ensure technical support and security”.
“We are planning to deploy army at the centres equipped with EVMs for providing technical support and security alongside as a striking force,” EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban on Saturday.
The EC has taken this plan which is now under consideration, he said, adding that the commission yet to take any decision in this regard.
Helal also said the EC would urge the armed force division for conducting polls at EVMs equipped centres. If they agree then the commission will take final decision on the matter.
The EC secretary further said the commission will organize EVM fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on November 12.
The EC has invited all political parties to see the fair. If they want to verify EVMs through their technical teams, he added.