A total of 262 candidates are now eligible to vie for the upcoming Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) elections-2022 scheduled to be held on December 27 next.
Officials said the Appellate Authority of Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) elections-2022 declared 22 candidates for general councillor and reserved women councillor posts as legitimate after hearing on their pleas on Wednesday.
Besides, the Appellate Authority cancelled the nomination paper of another valid councillor post candidate after hearing on a plea filed against validity of the nomination paper.
Earlier, a total of 277 candidates, including 10 for mayoral post, 198 for general councillor posts in 33 wards and 69 for reserved women councillor posts in 11 reserved wards submitted nomination papers by the last date on November 29 last.
During scrutiny on December 1 last, Returning Officer for RpCC elections-2022 and Joint Secretary of Election Commission Abdul Baten cancelled nomination papers of 36 candidates, including 29 for general councillor posts and seven for reserved women councillor posts.
After scrutiny, nomination papers of a total of 241 candidates, including all 10 for the mayoral post, 169 for general councillor posts in all 33 wards and 62 for reserved women councillor posts in 11 reserved wards were declared eligible to vie for the RpCC polls.
After announcement of verdicts by the Appellate Authority yesterday, 262 candidates, including all 10 for mayoral post, 185 for general councillor posts and 67 for reserved women councillor posts, remained eligible to vie for the upcoming RpCC polls.
The valid 10 RpCC mayoral post candidates are: Awami League nominated Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia, Jatiya Party nominated Md Mostafizur Rahman, Md Amiruzzaman (Islami Andolan Bangladesh), Md Abu Raihan (Bangladesh Congress), Md Latifur Rahman (Independent), Md Tauhidur Rahman Mondal (Khelafat Majlish), Md Shafiar Rahman (Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal- JASOD), Md Ataur Zaman Babu (Independent), Md Mehedi Hasan (Bony) (Independent) and Md Khorshed Alam (Zaker Party).
The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is December 8. The poll symbols would be allocated on December 9 and RpCC elections will be held from 8am to 4pm on December 27 next.
The Returning Officer said Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in all polling centres in the third Rangpur City Corporation elections.
"Every polling station will be covered by CCTV cameras," he said and sought cooperation of all political parties, competing candidates and journalists for holding Rangpur City Corporation elections peacefully.