Nomination submission of selected aspirants of different political parties ended across the country amid much enthusiasm on Wednesday, the last date for submission of nomination papers for the upcoming national parliament election.
They have submitted nomination papers to the offices of Returning Officers of their respective areas.
The candidates, who finally obtained confirmation from their parties, started gathering, along with their local supporters, at the offices of Returning Officers since morning.
But the candidates had to restrain from any showdown following the guidelines of the Election Commission (EC). Candidates of the 15 parliamentary constituencies in Dhaka submitted their nomination forms at the office of Returning Officer K M Ali Azam at Segunbagicha in the city.
Sources said there was opportunity to submit nomination papers after collecting and filling them up within the daytime on November 28, the last date for the same while someone might also submit forms online.
Returning Officer of Dhaka KM Ali Azam said the nomination paper submission was completed peacefully.
He said a total of 32 returning officers worked at six tables at Divisional Commissioner office to collect nomination letters of candidates from 15 constituencies in Dhaka division.
Meanwhile, 15 magistrates were also deployed to ensure that there was no violation of the electoral code of conduct.
KM Ali Azam, also the divisional commissioner of Dhaka Division, told Bangladesh Post that a total of 140 nomination papers were submitted in the last two days.
The nomination papers will be scrutinized on December 2 while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 9 as per the new schedule announced by the EC.
Meanwhile the EC has already issued a circular incorporating certain directives for the candidates.
The directives include: the candidates will have to abstain from holding public rallies, processions and meetings, though can hold only street meetings; election posters must be black and white, also containing the names and addresses of the presses; and the size of each poster will have to be 23 inches in length and 18 inches in width.
The EC circular also mentioned that the candidates will not be allowed to select their polling agents who are not voters of that particular constituency. Also they must submit the names of the agents along with 2 passport-sized photographs to the respective Returning Officers 24 hours prior to the election.
Moreover, EC also sought 8 types of information to be submitted with the nomination papers, including the source of election expenditures and the copy of income tax return. EC, in this regard, mentioned that the defective nomination papers will be rejected.
The candidates were also directed to open a bank account with any local scheduled bank to mandatorily conduct all the expenses through that account. EC asked the candidates to also submit the bank name and account number with the nomination papers.
EC also asked candidates to submit statement of their election expenses to both the offices of returning officers and EC within 30 days of publishing gazette notification, and to submit account of their personal expenses to the EC within 7 days before election.
According to EC, the candidates will enjoy the opportunity to appeal against rejection of their nomination papers but EC will not accept any allegation without a written form. EC will take legal actions against the voters who will leave the ballot papers aside without dropping them inside the ballot box.
EC has already informed that police, APBN battalion and Ansar will be deployed at the polling centers to maintain peaceful environment and law and order. They will work as mobile striking forces. One Executive Magistrate will be there with each mobile striking force. And a sufficient number of judicial magistrates will be doing justice in case of any electoral crime.
Magistrates will have power to punish up to 6-month imprisonment and a fine up to Tk 50,000. No people, except the responsible officers, will be allowed to use cell phones at the polling centers.