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EC cancels candidacy of Lakshmipur-1 independent candidate

  • First aspirant to have candidacy cancelled for violating electoral code
  • Threatened deputy commissioner, returning officer 
Update : 02 Jan 2024, 04:22 PM

The Election Commission (EC) has cancelled the candidature of independent candidate Mohammad Habibur Rahman Paban of the Lakshmipur-1 constituency for violating the electoral code of conduct.

A letter signed by Abdus Salam, deputy secretary of the Election Commission sent the letter on Tuesday.

This is the first time a candidacy has been scrapped during the 12th national parliamentary election for “campaign offences”. 

In the letter, the EC said that on December 30, Mohammad Habibur Rahman Paban, an independent candidate of Lakshmipur-1 constituency, made indecent, and objectionable remarks to Lakshmipur deputy commissioner and the concerned returning officer through a WhatsApp call. 

On December 30, the deputy commissioner and the concerned returning officer sent a letter to the Election Commission secretariat requesting to take legal action against Paban alleging that he threatened to take various measures, including transferring the returning officer and the superintendent of police within three days. 

In view of this, a letter was sent to the candidate to appear in person at the Election Commission Secretariat on January 1 to explain the legal action taken against him. Then the said candidate appeared in person at the Election Commission Secretariat on the said date and explained the matter.

Besides, the Election Commission also instructed to investigate the allegation through the Lakshmipur district election officer.

Later, the concerned district election officer investigated the matter and sent an investigation report stating that the incident was true. 

The 12th national polls is scheduled to held on January 7. 

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