JaPa’s DNCC mayor candidate’s nomination papers declared invalid
The Election Commission on Thursday declared valid 13 mayoral candidates, out of 14, for contesting the elections to Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), which are slated for January 30.
The lone candidate whose candidature was declared invalid was Jatiya Party’s GM Kamrul Islam, who wanted to join the DNCC mayoral race, reports UNB.
After scrutinising the nomination papers, DNCC Returning Officer Abul Kashem declared six mayoral candidatures, including that of Awami League’s Atiqul Islam and BNP’s Tabith Awal, valid and Kamrul’s invalid.
He made the announcement at the National Institute of Local Government auditorium at Agargaon.
On the other hand, DSCC Returning Officer Abdul Baten declared valid all the seven mayoral candidates — including ruling party’s Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and BNP’s Ishraque Hossain — after scrutinising the nomination papers, at Bir Muktizodda Sadeque Hossain Khoka Community Centre at Gopibagh.
The last date for withdrawal of candidature is January 9, according to the election schedule declared by the Election Commission on December 22.
A total of 14 mayoral candidates had filed nomination papers to contest the elections to the two city corporations before the deadline expired on Tuesday.
Also, over 1,000 aspirants filed nomination forms to contest the polls for general councillor and reserved seat councillor posts.
Apart from Taposh and Ishraque, the other valid DSCC mayoral candidates are Haji Saifuddin Ahmed Milon of Jatiya Party, Maulana Abdur Rahman of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Bahrane Sultan Bahar of National Peoples Party, Md Aktaruzzaman alias Ayatullah of Bangladesh Congress, and Abdus Samad Sujan of Gono Front.
Apart from Atiqul and Tabith, the other valid DNCC mayoral candidates are Ahammad Sazedul Haque of Communist Party of Bangladesh, Shahin Khan of Progressive Democratic Party, Fazle Bari Masud of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, and Anisur Rahman Dewan of National Peoples Party.
The DNCC and DSCC elections will be held using electronic voting machines (EVMs) instead of traditional ballot papers, and two army personnel will be in every polling station to guard the machines.
In the upcoming January 30 elections, some 5.8 million people — 3,035,621 in DNCC and 2,767,488 in DSCC— under the two city corporations will have the opportunity to exercise their franchises.
The number of possible polling stations is 1,349 under 54 wards in DNCC, and 1,124 under 75 wards in DSCC.
The last elections to both city corporations were held together on April 28, 2015.
On February 28, 2018, Awami League-backed Atiqul was elected DNCC mayor through a by-election, after the post fell vacant following the death of then mayor Annisul Huq on November 30, 2017.