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Presidential polls: Abdul Hamid collects nomination paper

  • Published at 12:48 pm February 2nd, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:31 pm February 2nd, 2018
Presidential polls: Abdul Hamid collects nomination paper
President Md Abdul Hamid has collected his nomination paper for the presidential election scheduled for February 18. A five-member Awami League delegation, led by Chief Whip ASM Feroz, picked up the documents on behalf of Hamid from the returning officer's office at the Election Commission in Dhaka's Agargaon around 11:15am on Friday. Helaluddin Ahmed, acting secretary of the commission, handed over the nomination paper in presence of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda. After collecting the papers, Feroz said: "We are going to the Bangabhaban to deliver the nomination paper now. We will submit the paper on Monday." "President Abdul Hamid is a popular man, and he has successfully performed his duties. We hope he will be elected president again," the chief whip further added. On Wednesday, the Awami League nominated Hamid as its candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

Election Commission officials hand over to Chief Whip ASM Feroz the nomination paper at the commission's office on Friday | Dhaka Tribune

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Hamid, who is currently serving as the 20th president of Bangladesh, will complete his five-year term on April 23. On January 25, CEC Huda announced the election schedule for the presidential polls. According to the schedule, nominations must be submitted by February 5. The papers will be scrutinized on February 7. The final date for withdrawing candidacy is February 10. According to Article 123 of the constitution, the presidential election should be held between 90 and 60 days before the term of the current president expires. Since the constitution also stipulates that the president has to be elected by the members of parliament, voting was timetabled before the ongoing 19th session of parliament ends on February 28. After the death of then president Zillur Rahman on March 20, 2013 in Singapore, Hamid had become the acting president. Later, he was elected uncontested as the 22nd president of Bangladesh on April 22, 2013. He was sworn into the office the next day. A former Chhatra League leader and valiant freedom fighter, Hamid had joined Awami League officially in 1969 and served as the president of Kishoreganj district Awami League from 1978 to 2009. He also served as the president of Kishoreganj District Bar Association for five terms during 1990-96. In the Pakistan National Assembly Election of 1970, Hamid was elected the junior most member from Mymensingh 18 constituency. In 1972, he became the member of Constituent Assembly. As a pro-people and grassroots level popular leader of Awami League, he was elected member of parliament in the general elections of 1973, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2009 from Kishoreganj 5. Hamid was unanimously elected deputy speaker in the Seventh Parliament on July 13, 1996, and held the post till July 10, 2001. Afterwards, he became the speaker and remained so till October 28, 2001. In the Eighth Parliament, he had served as the deputy leader of the opposition from November 01, 2001 to October 27, 2006. Hamid was again elected the speaker in the Ninth Parliament and served the office in this capacity during 2009-2013, right before he was elected as the president.