Staff Correspondent
The aspirants, whose nomination papers were cancelled on Sunday, started filing appeal with Election Commission (EC) on Monday to get approval to contest the next parliamentary polls.
From Monday morning, many candidates, along with supporters, gathered at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital to submit their applications to EC. Till filing of the report on Monday evening, a total of 82 candidates filed appeals at the commission’s Agargaon office.
According to EC, the appeal process will continue till December 5 (Wednesday).
The hearings of the appeals will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. In this regard, an appeal hearing committee headed by Chief Election Commission KM Nurul Huda has been formed.
“The CEC will lead the hearing committee to give its final decision about the appeals made by the rejected candidates,” an EC official said.
Earlier, EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters at a training programme at the Nirbachan Bhaban that if the decision to reject a candidacy is upheld during a hearing, the applicant can move to the court.
Once scrutinized, on Sunday, nearly 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.
The returning officers also cancelled nomination of many heavyweight aspirants for failing to meet the EC conditions. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s nominations for three constituencies were also cancelled for her being convicted in two graft cases.
Among others, Reza Kibria, son of slain former AL Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria for Habiganj- 2 constituency, Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka’s son Ishrak Hossain, Dr. Imran H Sarker for Kurigram-4-constituency and popular music video model and actor Hero Alam for Bogra-4 constituency were cancelled.
Former communication minister Barrister Nazmul Huda nomination was also cancelled from Dhaka-17. Former Awami League lawmaker Golam Maula Rony, who now joined BNP, was disqualified by the returning officer of Patuakhali-3 constituency.
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.