EC keeps hearing on Khaleda, Kader Siddiqui’s petitions pending until 5pm

It turns down Mir Mohammad Helal Uddin's nomination

Saturday, 8 December 2018

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 hearing on their petitions the Commission kept pending the decisions on their appeals until 5:00pm today.

Khaleda Zia filed nomination papers for three constituencies -- Bogura-6 and 7 and Feni-1-- while Kader Siddiqui for two -- Tangail-4 and 8, according to a UNB report.

"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. Despite rejection of my petition, I will also thank the EC if they hold the election in a free and fair manner," said Kader while talking to reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban.

Besides, the Election Commission cancelled the nomination of Mir Mohammad Helal Uddin -- BNP candidate from Chattogram-5 constituency -- on the last day of petition hearing against the Returning Officers' decision.

The Election Commission resumed its hearing for the last day at 10:00am petitions filed against the decisions of the returning officers over the rejection 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 initially 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, seeking that the decisions of returning officers be overturned.

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 BNP's 60, got back their candidatures with the EC's judgment.

If anyone is even aggrieved with the EC's judgment, the person can to go to the High Court seeking redress.

The last date for withdrawal of the candidature is December 9.

In case of multiple candidates in a single constituency, a political party will have to inform the returning officer and the Election Commission about its final contender for the parliamentary seat by December 9.