BNP has alleged that some candidates of the party are facing difficulties in making appeals against the cancellation of their nomination forms due to returning officers’ non-cooperation.
“The returning officers in different districts aren’t giving the candidates any scope to talk to them about the cancellation of their nomination papers,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi while talking to reporters at a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
The BNP leader said the returning officer in Rajshahi still did not give Barrister Aminul Haque and Nadim Mostafa the certified copies of their nomination annulment.
“He still did not give them the copies though Wednesday is the last date for the appeal,” he said.
Alleging that the election officials are only working to make the ruling party winner, Rizvi said the officials were trying to keep the BNP’s popular candidates away from the election to be successful in their mission.
“The retuning officers revoked the nominations of BNP candidates with lame excuses as per the government’s directives,” he told reporters.
The BNP leader also questioned as to how the returning officers declared valid the nominations of Awami League candidates Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and Haji Selim since they were convicted by the court.
“As per the directives they were given a few days back at the Prime Minister’s Office, the returning officers cancelled the nomination of huge number of the BNP and opposition candidates. But the nominations of the ruling party candidates were not annulled despite having many flaws,” Rizvi said.
Mentioning their demand for ensuring a level-playing field and stopping the arrest and harassment of their activists, the BNP leader said, “The Election Commission is not taking any step in this regard.”
He said many BNP men were arrested at different places, including the capital, Narayanganj and Cox’s Bazar, on Monday.