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Seven BNP candidates challenge Dec 30 polls result

  • Published at 11:49 pm February 13th, 2019
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Candidates have filed the cases constituency-wise on Tuesday and Wednesday with the tribunal

Seven BNP national election candidates have filed cases with election tribunal of the High Court on allegations of vote rigging and challenging victory of the candidates elected.

Candidates have filed the cases constituency-wise on Tuesday and Wednesday with the tribunal.

Shairul Kabir Khan, a staff of BNP chairperson's media wing, said the cases were filed as per decision made by the party high command.

“Seven cases have so far been filed. All the possible legal provisions will be utilised by the party in regard to the cases,” he added.

A number of people associated with the case filing to the election tribunals said Jhenaidah 4 candidate Saiful Islam Firoz and Tangail 7 candidate Abul Kalam Azad Siddique filed the cases on Tuesday.

Jahir Uddin Swapan from Barisal 1, Shah Riazul Hannan from Gazipur 4, Naser Rahman from Moulvibazar 3, Abdul Hai from Munshiganj and Hafiz Ibrahim from Bhola 2 filed cases on Wednesday.

Sources also said Mainul Islam Shanto from Manikganj 2, Ashraf Uddin from Narsingdi 5, Nazrul Islam Azad from Narayanganj 2, Nabi Ullah Nabi from Dhaka 5 and Irfan Ibne Aman Omi from Dhaka 2 may file cases on Thursday.

Sources said at least one defeated candidate from all the districts will gradually file cases with the tribunal.

Barrister Ruhul Kuddus Kajol, lawyer for Dhaka's divisional cases, told the Dhaka Tribune that the cases were filed challenging the winning candidates of 11th general election.

“Seven cases were filed in two days. BNP candidates from every district will gradually file cases in next several days,” he said.

Explaining logic behind the cases, he said they have tried to bring the issue of voting irregularities of the general election under the court’s attention through the cases.

Ruhul Kuddus Kajol said they have showed many centres and constituencies where BNP candidates have received zero votes.

“There are centres were hundred percent vote were surprisingly cast in favor of the Awami League candidates. We have tried to show the court these issues,” he said.

Party sources said the BNP high command has already formed a committee of lawyers to supervise this cases.

In addition to barrister Ruhul Kuddus, other team members include Barrister Aminul Haque, advocate Zainul Abedin, Nitai Roy Chowdhury, Mir Nasir Uddin, Fazlur Rahman and Barrister Rajib Pradhan.

Earlier on February 9, BNP took decision of filing of cases from all 64 districts in election tribunal of High Court.

Although some of the BNP standing committee members were against filing of cases, BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman did not take the reservations into cognizance. 

Later the meeting decided to file cases in the High Court from representatives of all districts by February 15.

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