His nomination papers were rejected during the scrutinization process last week
The Election Commission has finally cleared former minister Nazmul Huda to contest the 11th general election from the Dhaka 17 constituency.
During the scrutinization process on December 2, Dhaka Divisional Commissioner and Returning Officer KM Ali Azam had rejected the former BNP leader’s nomination papers, saying Huda in the form did not mention the party he was representing or specify whether he wanted to run as an independent candidate.
Huda later appealed to the commission seeking reinstatement of his candidature.
On Saturday, his appeal was granted during a hearing led by Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the commission office in Agargaon, Dhaka.
Huda, who leads both Trinamool BNP and Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF), will now contest the polls, slated for December 30, as an independent candidate.
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The commission since Thursday has been holding hearings on 543 petitions filed over rejection and acceptance of nomination papers. Saturday is the last day of the hearing.
Huda had floated the BNF and later Trinamool BNP after he was ousted from Khaleda Zia-led BNP as a member of its National Standing Committee in June 2012.
He had recently sought Awami League’s ticket to run from the Dhaka 17 after joining the alliance led by the ruling party, and later submitted the nomination form.