The Election Commission has rejected the applications of 73 of the 75 political parties seeking registration and cancelled the registration of Oikyabaddha Nagorik Andolan.
In a meeting yesterday, the commission decided to reject 43 applications and forward two, which will now go through field inspection. The other 30 were screened out earlier in stages.
EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters after the meeting that Oikyabaddha Nagorik Andolan missed two notices from the EC seeking information and failed to meet registration terms, and its registration was cancelled.
He said the 73 parties whose applications were rejected failed to meet the EC’s conditions.
The applications of two parties, Gana Azadi League and Bangladesh Congress, has been moved forward for field level investigation, he added.
Among the parties whose applications were rejected are Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s Nagorik Oikya, Sharif Nurul Ambia’s Bangladesh JaSoD, Zonayed Saki’s Gonosonghoti Andolon and Bobby Hajjaj’s National Democratic Party.
With the cancellation of Oikyabaddha Nagorik Andolan, there are now 39 political parties registered with the EC.
The EC invited applications for party registration in October last year.
The commission will decide on whether MPs can take part in election campaigns for local politicians after Eid, Secretary Helaluddin said.
The votes for Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal city corporations will be held on July 30.
Asked by reporters whether MPs will be allowed to campaign in these elections, the secretary said the EC had asked the Law Ministry for its vetting of a proposed amendment of the Code of Conduct, which allows MPs to campaign in city polls in their areas.
The ministry responded on Monday, Helaluddin said.
“However, this was not on the agenda for today’s commission meeting,” he added.
The schedule for the three city polls will be declared today [Tuesday], he said.
“There is no chance that the gazette for amendment of the code of conduct will be published before Eid,” he added.
“If the gazette allows MPs to campaign, they will be able to campaign. Not before that.”
The EC has proposed an amendment to the election Code of Conduct, allowing MPs to campaign in local polls. As MPs do not hold any office of profit, the commission recommended they be excluded from the definition of “Very Important Person”. However, while campaigning, they will not be allowed to use state facilities such as the district circuit houses.