The returning officer for the Dhaka North City Corporation elections on Thursday rejected Jatiya Party mayoral candidate’s nomination paper.
The nomination papers of the six other aspirants for the Dhaka North mayor were declared valid.
In a later development, police on the day arrested a Bangladesh Nationalist Party councillor candidate for the Dhaka South city.
The nomination of JP mayoral candidate GM Kamrul Islam was rejected as he was not a registered voter of the city corporation, according to the Election Commission.
Dhaka North returning officer Abul Kashem made the announcement at Dhaka’s National Institute of Local Government Bhaban on Thursday after scrutinising the nomination papers.
The valid candidates are Awami League’s Atiqul Islam, BNP’s Tabith Awal, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Sheikh Md Fazle Bari Masud, Communist Party of Bangladesh’s Ahammad Sajedul Huq Rubel, National People’s Party’s Anisur Rahman Dewan and Progressive Democratic Party’s Shahin Khan.
The returning officer also rejected the candidatures of 15 of the 374 councillor candidates and two of the 87 reserved seats for women councillors in the North.
According to the police, Dhaka South’s ward-32 councillor candidate Tajuddin Ahmed Taju, president of BNP’s Bangshal unit, was arrested at about 4:30pm in front of the returning officer’s office at Motijheel.
He was named in a number of cases under the Explosives Act and the court issued arrest warrants for him in some of them, Bangshal police station officer-in-charge Shahin Kabir told New Age.
Immediately after Tajuddin was arrested, Dhaka South’s BNP mayoral candidate Ishraque Hossain rushed to the police station to visit the arrested candidate.
Dhaka North’s JP mayoral candidate Kamrul, a former army officer who wanted to contest the mayoral race for the first time, resented the rejection of his nomination.
He said that he would take the matter to the court, adding that his nomination was declared void because he lived in the DOHS area.
‘I submitted my nomination form as an eligible voter. Now I will seek legal redress,’ he said.
Dhaka North assistant returning officer Nazrul Islam told reporters that Kamrul had no voting right in the north city corporation area as he was a voter in the Cantonment Board area.
On the other hand, the nomination papers of all seven aspirants for the mayor of Dhaka South city were declared valid.
The Dhaka South city returning officer annulled the candidatures of 26 of the 454 ward councillor nominees and two of the 99 reserved seats for women councillors of that city corporation.
Returning officer Abdul Baten made the announcement at the returning officer’s office at Motijheel after scrutinising the nomination papers.
The valid candidates are AL’s Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, BNP’s Ishraque Hossain, Bangladesh Congress’s M Aktar Uzzaman Ayatulla, Islamic Andolan Bangladesh’s M Abdur Rahman, Jatiya Party’s Muhammad Saifuddin, NPP’s M Baharane Sultan Baharand and Gono Front’s Abdus Samad Sujon.
Addressing a special extended meeting of the Dhaka North city unit Awami League, mayoral candidate and the sitting mayor Atiq said that he wanted support from all the quarters to continue the development works.
After his nomination was declared valid, BNP’s Tabith said that the announcement of the validity of his nomination was the primary victory of his party.
Dhaka South city mayoral aspirant Taposh of the Awami League asked the party activists to take part in the electioneering in accordance with the electoral code of conduct.
BNP’s Ishraque Hossain also asked the BNP activists not to violate the electoral code of conduct during the electioneering.
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