The Election Commission has cleared the candidature of BNP aspirants from Bagura-7, Dhaka-1, Jamalpur-4 and Manikganj-2 to contest the 11th general election.
With Morshed Milton from Bagura-7, Abu Ashfaque from Dhaka-1, Md Faridul Kabir Talukdar from Jamalpur-4 and Abidur Rahman Khan for Manikganj-2 being ruled legal to run for the polls, BNP has gained back four of the six constituencies that fell void of BNP runners.
The Election Commission, the appellate authority, cleared them off the rejection list during the hearing at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city on Thursday.
Now, BNP has no candidates in Rangpur-5 and Shariatpur-1 constituencies to contest the national election scheduled to be held on December 30.
During Sunday's scrutiny of nomination papers by the returning officers, all BNP aspirants lost their candidature in six constituencies ---- Sunamganj-3, Manikganj-2, Jamalpur-4, Pabna-1, Bagura-7 and Dhaka-1, while AL aspirants in three constituencies - -–Kurigram-4, Satkhira-1 and Narayanganj-3.
As of 2pm, the EC, headed by Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, heard some 100 petitions at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
Of the petitions, the EC cleared the candidature of 56 contestants, including BNP candidates Golam Maula Rony of Patuakhali-3 and Morshed Milton of Bagura-7.
However, the EC kept its decisions pending over 5-10 other petitions.
Among others who got back their candidatures with the EC's order include BNP contestants Tamij Uddin of Dhaka-20 and Major (retd) Akhteruzzaman of Kishoreganj-2 Abdul Majid for Jhenaidah-2, Mohammad Shahjahan for Patuakhali-3, Abdul Kaiyum Chowdhury for Sylhet-3, Fazlur Rahman for Joypurhat, Hasadul Islam for Pabna-3, Ainul Haque for Sirajganj-3, Joynal Abedin for Mymensingh-7, AKM Mukhlesur Rahman for Sherpur-2, Selim Bhuiyan for Dhaka-5, Tozammel Haque for Manikganj-1, Ahammad Taibur Rahman for Mymensingh-3, Abu Asif Ahmed for Brahmanbaria-2, Syed Abu Bakar Siddique for Dhaka-14, BNP candidates Abdul Khaleque for Kurigram-3, Nurul Amin for Chattogram-1, Mostafa Kamal Pasha for Chattogram-3, Prof M Yunus for Cumilla-5.
Besides, other valid candidates declared by the EC include Sumon Sanyamat for Patuakhali-1, Afsar Ali for Satkhira-2, Jahirul Islam Mintu for Madaripur-1 , Mahbub Alam and Joynal Abedin for Gazipur-2, Jasmine Noor Baby for Brahmanbaria-6, Mustafa Selim for Rangpur-4, SM Shafiqul Alam for Khulna-6, Jubair Ahmed for Habiganj-1, Abdullah Al Helal for Brahmanbaria-3, Abu Bakar Siddique for Mymensingh-2, Sulaiman Khan Rabbani for Habiganj-4, Alauddin Mridha for Natore-4, Yunus Ali for Kurigram-4, Anisuzzaman for Barishal-2, Kamruzzaman Swadhin for Jhenaidah-3, KM Mujibul Haque for Cumilla-3, Foyzul Munir Chowdhury for Sylhet-5, Abdul Mannan for Jhenaidah-4, Syed Anwar Ahammad Liton for Brahmanbaria-3, Mamunur Rashid for Brahmanbaria-5 and Zakir Hossain for Dhaka-14, Mahfuzar Rahman for Kurigram-4, Mokhlesur Rahman for Brahmanbaria-2, Mahbub Alam for Lakshmipur-1, Niamul Bashir for Chandpur-5, Ashraf Uddin for Brahmanbaria-2,
The EC kept its decisions pending over the candidatures of BNP candidates Mir Mohammad Nasir for Chattogram-5, Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan for Khagrachhari, Towhidul Islam for Panchagar-1 and AKM Mahbubur Rahman for Bogura-6.
Some 160 petitions will be disposed of on Thursday maintaining the serials of the appeals while 150 on Friday and the remaining 233 will be sorted out on Saturday.
A total of 543 petitions were filed with the Election Commission within stipulated three days till Wednesday challenging the decisions of returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers submitted by aspirants to contest the next national election.
With UNB inputs