The Election Commission has decided not to include online submissions in its initial count
The Election Commission said only 23 nomination papers have been submitted online for the 11th general election.
Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed, on Wednesday, said: "A total of 39 candidates submitted their nominations online.
“Out of 39, only 23 nominations will be taken into account for 300 constituencies—as eight of them are blank and the other eight contain irrelevant information and some documents.”
He said: "On the other hand, 3,556 candidates submitted their nomination papers directly to returning officers."
The Election Commission has decided not to include online submissions in its initial count.
The commission secretary said: "We are assuming that the candidates filing online nominations may have also filed them in person, which will cause discrepancies in tallies.”
He continued: “Thus, we will manually verify the final amounts after we go through the list of direct submissions.”
Why were online submission introduced?
This is the first time submitting nomination papers, online, has been accepted for a general election in Bangladesh. Recently, the current commission amended the Representation of the People Order (RPO) to allow for this.
The Election Commission introduced this provision because many candidates have failed to file their nominations with returning officers manually. Candidates have frequently been obstructed or attacked by supporters of rival candidates.
Additionally, the commission has taken online submissions into consideration to develop information technology in the nation.
In 2016, online nomination form submissions were introduced for the first time, in Bangladesh, for the Union Parishad elections.
The commission – led by former CEC Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed – added this clause after many candidates had been obstructed by opponents and were unable to submit their nomination papers.
When is the election?
The 11th general election is scheduled to be held on December 30.
Wednesday was deadline for submitting nominations. Nomination papers will be scrutinized on December 2 and the last date to withdraw one’s candidacy is December 9.