A total of 1,223 aspirants have filed their nomination papers for mayoral posts while 9,798 for councillor posts and 2, 668 in reserved councillor posts to contest in 235 municipalities.Of them, the ruling Awami has fielded its candidates in all the 235 poursabhas while a large number of rebel candidates have also submitted nomination papers violating the party instructions.
BNP, on the other hand, submitted its 232 official candidates for the mayoral posts and they would also have to face rebels in a number of municipalities.
The commission will start scrutinizing the nominations on today.
The aspirants on Thursday submitted the nomination papers for the country’s first civic elections for the first time under political symbol for the mayoral post.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission will sit with the law enforcement agencies on December 19 to finalise security strategies for the countrywide municipal election slated for 30 December.
The meeting will be held at BIAM auditorium in the capital, EC secretary Sirazul Islam said.
Representatives from different law enforcement agencies, including police, Rapid Action Battalion, Border Guard of Bangladesh, Coast Guard and Ansar, intelligence agencies, the Armed Forces Division and the returning officers will join the meeting with chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad in the chair.
In another development, two mayoral aspirants on Friday submitted separate applications against the returning officer of Daudkandi in Comilla calming that returning officer did not receive their nomination papers.
The aspirants are— M Shajhan Mia and Nazma Akter.
They requested the chief election commissioner to take legal action against the returning officer and take necessary steps for submitting their nominations.