The chief election commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, on Wednesday told a delegation of the members of the European Parliament that it had nothing to do with the candidacy of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia as it solely depended on the court whether she would be allowed to contest the polls.
‘The CEC told the delegation, led by Jean Lambert, a member of the European Parliament and also the chair of the Delegation for Relations with the countries of South Asia, that the EC would allow Khaleda to contest the election if the court allows her,’ acting EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters after the delegation called on the CEC in his office in Dhaka.
He said the CEC made the comment replying to a query of a member of the delegation that what would be status of the BNP chairperson, who was sentenced for five years in a corruption case on February 8.
He said the CEC also informed the delegation about the system of the country’s elections, funding of the elections and recently held presidential election.
As per Article 66(2) (d) of the constitution, anyone sentenced to jail for a term not less than two years for ethical or moral misconduct, and until five years have elapsed since the date of his/her release shall be disqualified from contesting the parliamentary election.
Lawyers said that the matter would be fixed by the High Court after the parties would file appeals against the conviction.
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