AL, BNP candidates submit nomination papers


Candidates for the Mayoral and Ward Councilor posts from different parties submitted their nomination papers.

The candidates from Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party and others went to the Election Commission Office on Tuesday for the elections of two city corporations in capital Dhaka scheduled for January 30.  

Awami League leader Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh submitted his nomination paper to contest for the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayoral post while incumbent Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor M Atiqul Islam for DNCC Mayoral post.

Taposh submitted his nomination paper to the temporary office of Returning Officer at Valiant Freedom Fighter Sadeque Hossain Khoka Community Center in Gopibagh of Dhaka. Earlier on December 29, Taposh resigned as Dhaka-10 Member of Parliament post to contest the mayoral polls.

Taposh was accompanied by his elder brother Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash, also the Chairman of Bangladesh Awami Jubo League, Awami League Presidium Member Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Mahbubul Alam Hanif. Huge number of party supporters and activists gathered in front of the community center and chanted party slogans, though EC office repeatedly requested candidates not to be accompanied by more than two persons during submission of nomination papers.

Besides, DNCC Mayor M Atiqul Islam submitted his nomination papers at the Returning Officer’s office in Agargaon around 12:00pm. 

Atiqul told media that the upcoming city polls will be fair, participatory and competitive. Meanwhile, BNP nominated candidate Tabith Awal submitted his nomination papers to contest the DNCC Mayoral post and Ishraque Hossain for the DSCC.

Earlier on Sunday, Jatiya Party candidate Brig Gen (Rtd) Qamrul Islam submitted his nomination papers for DNCC Mayoral post and Haji Saifuddin Ahmed Milon for the DSCC.

According to witnesses, both the two returning offices at Agargaon and Gopibagh remained crowded with the gathering of thousands of people as other aspirants contesting the posts of mayors and councilors in Dhaka city elections have also submitted their nomination forms.

Yesterday (Tuesday) was the last date for the submission of Nomination Papers. 

Assistant Returning Officer Nazrul Islam of DNCC said, “We asked for strict adherence to the election code of conduct. We will receive the nomination form only if they abide by the rules.” 

“We are quite active to follow the electoral code of conducts. We have not received any complaints as of now. We will take necessary actions if someone defies the law,” said DNCC Assistant Returning Officer Matiur Rahman.

According to the EC, there are around 54 lakh voters in two city corporations. Of them, 30.36 lakh under 54 wards in DNCC and 23.67 lakh under 75 wards in DSCC. In the upcoming elections, the number of possible polling stations will be 2,500 in the two cities. On December 22, the Election Commission announced the schedule for the DNCC and the DSCC elections. The last date for the withdrawal of candidature is January 9. The EC will scrutinize nomination papers on January 2.