Published: Friday, May 17, 2013

Four City Corporation Elections

53 applications rejected

A total of 53 applications, seeking candidacies for mayor and councillor posts in the upcoming city corporation elections in Sylhet, Khulna, Rajshahi and Barisal, were cancelled after scrutiny yesterday for different reasons.
Our Rajshahi correspondent reports: the regional election office cancelled nomination papers of 16 councillor aspirants, including former panel mayor Shariful Islam Babu, on different grounds.
Babu’s application was cancelled as he was found to be a loan defaulter, said Saiful Islam, the district election officer and also assistant returning officer.
Among the 16 applicants, 14 were vying for the 30 general councillor posts while 2 were for the 10 seats reserved for female councillors.
Besides Babu, other aspirants’ applications were cancelled due to defaulting on loan payments, being employees of Rajshahi City Corporation, having leases on RCC properties and for being underage.
Meanwhile, all six applications for the mayor post, 162 applications for the general councillor posts and 67 applications for the reserved women councillor posts were accepted.
Our correspondent in Khulna adds: nomination papers of seven councillor aspirants were cancelled for loan defaulting and providing false information, said Mostafa Faruque, returning officer of the Khulna City Corporation polls.
Our Barisal correspondent reports: The applications of 12 councillor aspirants, including one vying for the seats for female councillors, were cancelled for defaulting on loan payments and improper filling up of forms, said Mujibur Rahman, returning officer of the Barisal City Corporation polls. Five applications for the mayor post were accepted.
Out of the five mayor aspirants, three are backed by BNP, two by Awami League and one by Jubo League.
Our Sylhet correspondent adds: 18 nomination papers, including two for the mayor post, were cancelled for different reasons, said SM Ejharul Haque, regional election officer of Sylhet division.