Ruling Awami League nominee Atiqul Islam on Tuesday submitted his nomination paper to the returning officer to contest the by-poll to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral post slated for February 28.
He submitted the paper to returning officer of DNCC election Abul Qasem at his office at Electoral Training Institute (ETI) in the city’s Agargaon area this afternoon.
Former Bangladesh Bank governor Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, FBCCI President Shafiul Islam Mahiuddin, Dhaka Metropolitan Chamber President Nihad Kabir and BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman accompanied Atiqul during the nomination paper submission. DNCC mayoral post fell vacant following the death of its mayor Annisul Huq.
As per the schedule, the last date of submission of nomination papers is January 30 and the scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on February 2. The deadline for withdrawal of candidature is February 9.
Elections to the DNCC and DSCC were held on April 28, 2015. But, the mayoral post of the DNCC remains vacant as DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq died on November 30 in 2017.
On January 9, 2018, the Election Commission announced the election schedule for holding the by-polls to the DNCC mayoral post on February 26 on the same year. But, the election was postponed following a High Court order on a writ petition over boundary demarcation.
On January 16 this year, the High Court cleared the way for holding election to the city corporation mayoral post and polls in the 36 new wards under the two city corporations.
On January 22, the EC announced the fresh schedule for holding by-poll to DNCC mayoral post and elections to the councilor and reserved councilor posts in the newly extended 36 wards of the DNCC and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on February 28.