Eight candidates can’t contest national polls

DHAKA, � The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) today upheld the High Court (HC) order on staying candidacy of eight aspirants, including seven BNP candidates, for contesting the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections slated for December 30.

Chamber Judge of Appellate Division Justice Md Nuruzzaman passed no

order upon separate writ petitions filed by the candidates seeking stay on

the HC order.

The seven BNP aspirants are Faridul Kabir Talukder from Jamalpur4,

Fazlur Rahman from Joypurhat1, MA Abdul Majid from Jhenidah2, Abu Sayeed

Chand from Rajshahi6, Engineer Moslem Uddin from Brahmanbaria4, Khandaker

Abu Ashfaq from Dhaka1 and Tamij Uddin from Dhaka 20 while another candidate

Mahmud Hasan Suman (independent) is from Mymensingh8.

A SC lawyer Shah Manjurul Haq said that the candidates cannot contest

the polls following the order.

Following separate writ petitions, the HC recently stayed the EC's

decision that allowed them to contest the election as their resignations from

the posts of upazila chairmen were not accepted by the government.

The eight upazila chairmen filed separate petitions with the Appellate

Division of the Supreme Court on December 23 in order to regain their

candidacy stayed by the HC.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)