National polls: Rejected candidates can appeal from today

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3 December, 2018 10:01 AM

National polls: Rejected candidates can appeal from today

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The candidates whose nominations have been rejected can appeal against the returning officers’ decisions until December 5 from today (Monday).

The Election Commission has cancelled a total of 786 nomination papers, out of 3,065, submitted by the aspirants in 300 constituencies to contest the 11th parliamentary elections.

According to the factsheet of the Election Commission Secretariat, a total of 2,279 nomination papers were declared valid by the 66 returning officers across the country.

EC joint secretary Farhad Ahammad Khan, however, yesterday said: "Those who have failed to get approval, can file appeals with the Election Commission by December 5."

"The hearing on those appeals will be held within the next three days -- December 6-8," he added.

The last date for the withdrawal of candidature is December 9 and the electoral symbols will be allocated on December 10 while the election will be held on December 30.

According to EC sources, dozens of heavyweight candidates, including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, BNP candidate Afroza Abbas, former BNP leader Nazmul Huda, Krishak Sramik Janata League chief Abdul Kader Siddique, JP Secretary General Ruhul Amin Hawlader have been dropped out of the race for parliament due to convictions, default loans and unpaid bills and for concealing information in the affidavit.