Election officials have rejected the nomination of Jatiya Party mayoral candidate Shafin Ahmed for the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) polls.
Returning Officer Abul Kashem said on Saturday that officials have accepted the candidacies of five others who submitted their nominations for the by-polls on Feb 28.
Assistant Returning Officer Nazrul Islam said that Shafin Ahmed’s nomination had been rejected due to default loans, reports bdnews24.com.
The lead vocalist of popular band Miles made a surprise entry into politics last year when he announced his intention to contest the polls.
He had initially intended to run as a candidate for the Nationalist Democratic Movement (NDM) party after the by-polls were announced following the death of DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq.
But the Election Commission rejected the NDM’s registration and the decision was upheld at court.
After a new schedule for the polls was announced after legal complications, Shafin submitted his nomination as a candidate for the Jatiya Party.
The candidates who have been approved for the polls include the PDP’s Shaheen Khan, NDM’s Bobby Hajjaj, NPP’s Anisur Rahman Dewan and independent candidate Mohammad Abdur Rahim.
Shafin has three days to appeal against the election officials’ decision with the divisional commissioner.