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Mintoo, Pintu and Rezaul appeal to get back in the race

Update : 02 Apr 2015, 07:05 PM

Mayoral aspirants for the two Dhaka city corporations BNP leaders Abdul Awal Mintoo and Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu have appealed to the Dhaka divisional commissioner challenging the cancellation of their nominations for the upcoming elections.

Mayoral contender Rezaul Karim also appealed to the commissioner to regain his candidacy.

Dhaka Divisional Commissioner Md Zillar Rahman will conduct hearings on the applications on April 4. The Divisional commissioner is the appellate authority of the Dhaka city corporation polls.

Shahidul Islam, an official of the divisional commissioner’s office, said 22 aspirants including the three mayoral hopefuls appealed the cancellation of their nominations. Tafsir M Awal, son of Abdul Awal Mintoo, said he submitted an application on his father’s behalf.

Mintoo’s lawyer Mahbub Uddin Khokon told reporters that his client’s nomination was cancelled due to a “faulty voter list” prepared by the Election Commission.

“We hope for a good result following the hearing,” he added.

On Wednesday, Returning Officer Shah Alam of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) cancelled Mintoo’s nomination because the individual who collected the aspirant’s nomination papers was not listed as a voter in the would-be candidate’s area.

But the returning officer accepted the nomination papers of Mintoo’s son Tabith M Awal.

Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayoral aspirant, saw his nomination cancelled because he was convicted in the BDR mutiny case.

Aminul Islam, Pintu’s lawyer, filed his appeal around 3:20pm yesterday.

He said: “Pintu’s candidacy was cancelled due to legal discrimination. We hope that Pintu’s candidacy will be declared valid following the hearing.”

Rezaul Karim’s nomination was cancelled due to a failure to submit income tax returns.

Returning officers accepted 19 mayoral aspirant’s nominations for the DNCC and 23 for DSCC elections. April 9 is the deadline to withdraw from the polls. The elections will held on April 28. 

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