Tangail-4 by-poll on Jan 31

DHAKA, Jan 24, 2017 (BSS) - The Election Commission (EC) today announced January 31 next as the date for voting in the bye-election to Tangail-4 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad.

Talking to newsmen, EC Deputy Secretary Farhad Ahmad said the commission has taken the decision as there is no legal barrier to holding the by-election to Tangail-4 (Kalihati).

The EC deputy secretary said a gazette notification to this effect will be issued soon.

He said three aspirants submitted their nomination papers for contesting the Tangail-4 by-election and all measures have been taken for holding the poll.

Earlier, this parliamentary constituency fell vacant as lawmaker Abdul Latif Siddiqui resigned following his expulsion from the ruling Bangladesh Awami League for his controversial remarks about Hajj.

Accordingly the EC announced the poll schedule of the by-election setting October 28, 2015 as the date for balloting. Brother of the resigning lawmaker Abdul Quader Siddiqui, also president of Krisak Sramik Janata League, filed nomination paper for contesting the election. But the concerned returning officer scrapped his nomination paper on October 13 on charge of loan defaulting.

On October 19, Quader Siddiqui filed an appeal with the EC in this regard, but the commission rejected his prayer. Later, he filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the EC decision. Accepting Siddiqui's prayer, the High Court asked the EC to accept his nomination paper.

Subsequently, the EC filed another petition with the High Court to this effect. The court upholding the decision of the EC declared his nomination paper illegal.

Quader Siddiqui filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the High Court verdict. But the Supreme Court rejected his appeal on January 18 removing the legal barrier to holding the election.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)