Mintoo, Pintu seek validation of cancelled nomination papers

BNP chairperson’s adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo and former BNP lawmaker Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu yesterday appealed to the Dhaka divisional commissioner who is the appellate authority for the Dhaka city corporation polls, seeking validation of their nomination papers.
The hearing of their appeal will be held on Saturday at the commissioner’s office at Segunbagicha in the capital.Advocate Ehsanur Rahman, on behalf of the Mayoral aspirant to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Abdul Awal Mintoo, submitted the appeal to the Dhaka divisional commissioner at 4:40pm on Thursday.
“We have appealed to the commissioner, seeking validation of his nomination paper. We hope we will get justice. The hearing of the appeal will be held at 4pm,” he told journalists.
Advocate Rafiqul Islam, on behalf of the mayoral hopeful Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu, appealed to the divisional commissioner in the morning, seeking validation of Pintu’s nomination.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Returning Officer of DNCC Shah Alam cancelled the nomination paper of Mintoo during scrutiny as his seconder Abdur Razzaque was not a voter of the city corporation area, which is mandatory for the candidate.
On the other hand, the Returning Officer of DSCC Mihir Sarwar Morshed cancelled the nomination of Pintu as he is a convicted in BDR (now Boarder Guard Bangladesh) mutiny case.
Meanwhile, another mayoral aspirant of DSCC Rezaul Karim Chowdhury also appealed to the commissioner’s office on the day seeking validation of his nomination as his nomination was canceled for lack of documents.
“I’m hopeful that I will get back my candidature through the appeal,” he said.
The mayor aspirant to the DNCC Nayeem Hasan said he would also appeal either on Thursday or Friday as his nomination was cancelled for his default loan.
After the scrutiny of the mayoral candidates’ nomination papers on Wednesday, 19 candidates for DNCC were declared valid while 23 candidates for DSCC were declared valid to contest the city polls slated for April 28.
However, the candidates will have the opportunity to withdraw their nomination papers before April 9.
Symbols to the mayoral candidates and councillor aspirants will be distributed on April 10, the EC sources said.
Meanwhile, police arrested a Jamaat backed candidate for councilor post to the Ward-28 of DNCC from its makeshift office of the Returning Officer at Agargaon yesterday on charges of murder.
Investigation officer of Sher-e-Banglanagar police station Sabbir Hasan said that the candidate Saidur Rahman has a case under section on murder.
However, Saidur Rahman told the reporters that he had no case against him. – Staff Reporter