553 councillor aspirants from DSCC and 463 from DNCC also file nomination papers to contest the January 30 elections
A total of 14 mayoral candidates fielded by different political parties submitted their nomination forms to concerned Election Commission officials on Tuesday, to contest the elections to Dhaka two city corporations, slated for January 30.
From Awami League, candidates Atiqul Islam and Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh submitted their forms at noon on the last date for submission, with the aim to secure their candidatures to contest the mayoral polls from DNCC and DSCC, respectively.
From BNP, DNCC mayor candidate Tabith Awal and DSCC mayor candidate Ishraque Hossain submitted their forms in the afternoon.
Ten others who are aiming to run for mayor also submitted the nomination papers to the Election Commission officials on Tuesday.
Of them, Md Aktaruzzam alias Ayatullah of Bangladesh Congress, Md Adbur Rahman of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Baharane Sultan Bahar of Nationals Peoples Party, Haji Saifuddin Ahmed Milon of Jatiya Party, and Abdus Samad Sujan of Gono Party are vying to contest the DSCC mayoral polls.
Also, Shahin Khan of Progressive Democratic Party, Sheikh Md Fazle Bari Masud of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Md Anisur Rahman Dewan of Nationals Peoples Party, GM Kamrul Islam of Jatiya Party, and Ahammad Sajidul Haque of Communist Party of Bangladesh aim to contest the DNCC mayoral election.
on Tuesday, a total of 463 aspirants from DNCC and 553 from DSCC also submitted their nomination forms to secure their candidatures for the posts of general councillor and reserve councillor.
DNCC has 54 general councillor posts and 18 reserve councillor posts; while DSCC has 75 general councillor posts and 25 reserve councillor posts.
The Election Commission will scrutinize the nomination papers of all mayoral and councillor candidates on January 2, while the aspirants will have until January 9 to pull out from the race.
Ruling party’s Taposh submitted his form to Election Commission Joint Secretary Md Abdul Baten, also the DSCC returning officer, while Atiqul submitted his to Election Commission Joint Secretary Md Abul Kashem, also the DNCC returning officer.
After submitting the forms accompanied by Awami League leaders and activists, both Atiqul and Taposh expressed hope to win the elections.
According to Election Commission directives, a candidate can only be accompanied by five people while submitting the nomination documents. However, a legion of Awami League men had escorted Atiqul in a motorcade when he arrived to submit his nomination form.
When asked, Atiqul said: “We have not brought a motorcade. There are councillor candidates who came to submit their nomination forms, and I submitted mine with everyone around me.”
Taposh said DSCC will start changing from next year. “There is a lot of work and citizen service left to do. After elected, I will work to solve the basic citizen problem and build a livable city with a long-term plan.”
Meanwhile, after filing his nomination papers, BNP’s DNCC mayor runner Tabith said: “I have verbally informed the returning officer to hold discussions on everything related to the election.”
“I will remain in the race till the end,” added Tabith, who had withdrawn from the 2015 DNCC election halfway after alleging widespread vote rigging by the ruling party.
The party’s DSCC mayor candidate Ishraque also, while talking to reporters, expressed hope to win the polls.