The EC yesterday rejected appeals of two reserved women seat candidates whose nominations were earlier cancelled on charges of bill defaulting.
They are Awami League nominated candidate Sabiha Nahar Begum and Jatiya Party nominated candidate Khorshed Ara Haque. Senior Assistant Secretary to the EC Mosharraf Hossain confirmed the matter.
On March 11, after scrutiny of nomination papers for reserved women seats, the EC cancelled nominations of the two for defaulting telephone bills.
Khorshed Ara owed a bill of Tk223,488 and Sabiha Nahar Tk11,835 to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited. According to the law, the candidates have to clear bills and loans seven days before filing nomination papers.
On March 12, the two candidates paid the bills and appealed to the EC to restore their nominations.