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Moving HC only option left for 76 rejected candidates

  • Published at 06:28 pm December 6th, 2018
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Stack of appeal files piled at the Election Commission headquarters in Dhaka's Agargaon on Wednesday Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The Election Commission is set to resolve 543 appeals by Saturday

On the first day of appeal hearing, the Election Commission has rejected the petitions of 76 people seeking nominations to contest the 11th general election.

This means that these 76 candidates will now have to move the High Court if they want to keep alive their aspiration to contest the polls, slated for December 30. 

Out of 160 petitions heard on Thursday, the commission had approved 80 appeals, giving the candidates their chance to run for office, said the commission's Joint secretary (Public Relation) SM Asaduzzaman.

He added that four other appeals were pending and they would be resolved by Saturday.

These appeals include those filed by BNP's Shamsul Alam, from Chittagong 9, and independent candidate Iman Ali, from Kurigram 4.

Till Wednesday, a total 543 appeals were filed with the commission over the acceptance and rejection of nomination papers by the returning officers.

The commission, which is a quasi-judicial body, is set to dispose of 150 petitions on Friday and the remaining 233 on Saturday.