Update December 8, 2018

Dhaka 12-28 am, 07-August, 2020

Hearing on Khaleda Zia candidature appeal deferred

Mirajul Moin Joy

The election commission on Saturday kept the decisions pending on the petitions filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and Krishak Sramik Janata League president Kader Siddiqui.
After the hearing on their petitions the commission kept pending the decisions on their appeals until 5:00pm, reports UNB.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief, Khaleda Zia, filed nomination papers for three constituencies—Bogura-6 and 7 and Feni-1 — while Kader Siddiqui for two—Tangail-4 and 8.

“This election is more important than the others. People want to cast their votes. The election commission will have to ensure the environment so that people can cast their votes comfortably. I will thank the EC if my petition is accepted,” said Kader while talking to newsmen at the Nirbachan Bhaban.

“Despite rejection of my petition, I will also thank the EC if they hold the election in a free and fair manner.”

The commission resumed its hearing for the last day at 10:00am of the petitions filed against the decisions of the returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers in different constituencies.

The EC will hear and dispose of the remaining 233 petitions, including three of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

The returning officers accepted a total of 2,279 nomination papers and cancelled 786 others submitted in the 300 constituencies of the country.

A total of 543 petitions were filed with the EC, the appellate authority.

The commission started its hearing and disposing of the petitions on Thursday.

The EC heard a total of 310 petitions in the first two days.

So far, some 158 aspirants, including 60 from the BNP, got back their candidatures.

Anyone aggrieved with the EC’s judgment can seek redress with the High Court.

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