5 aspirants allowed contesting DNCC by-poll

Publish: 12:52 PM, February 2, 2019 | Update: 12:52:PM, February 2, 2019

DHAKA – The Election Commission (EC) today accepted the nomination papers of five mayoral candidates including Awami League nominee Atiqul Islam for by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral post slated for February 28.

The commission canceled the nomination papers of Jatiya Party nominee band singer Shafin Ahmed on charge of loan default.

After scrutiny of the nomination papers, Returning Officer and EC Joint Secretary Md Abul Kasem announced the decision at his office at Election Training Institute (ETI) here.

Except Atiqul, other valid candidates are Anisur Rahman Dewan of National People’s Party (NPP), Bobby Hajjaj of Nationalist Democratic Movement (NDM), Shahin Khan of Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and independent candidate Abdur Rahim.

The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant following the death of its mayor Annisul Huq.

Election to councilor and reserved women councilor posts in newly inducted 36 wards of Dhaka south and north city corporations will also be held on February 28.