EC Unable to Act on JP MP's Fraud
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

The Election Commission has said it has nothing to do with Satkhira-4 MP HM Golam Reza for his alleged concealment of information before the national elections.

In a letter to the complainant's lawyer on Monday, the EC secretariat said the commission would not take any actions against the Jatiya Party MP since the complaint was not lodged during or immediately after the scrutiny of his nomination paper.

GM Shafiul Azam Lenin, chairman of Gabura Union Parishad under Shyamnagar Upazila, complained to the EC on March 11 last year, around two and a half months after the December 29 national elections, that Reza had concealed his academic qualification in the affidavit.

In a notice to the commission through his lawyer, AQM Sohel Rana, he sought justice.

The EC reviewed the matter in its meeting on October 27 last year and found that no complaint was raised at the time of returning officer's receiving Reza's nomination paper and no appeal lodged with the commission against his nomination paper acceptance.

The meeting decided that the EC had nothing to do with the complaint since it was not lodged during or immediately after scrutiny of nomination papers.

The decision prompted the lawyer to send a notice to the EC again on March 11 this year demanding justice and to file a petition challenging the decision.

Upon the petition, the High Court on April 20 year asked the EC to inform the complainant's lawyer of its decision but did not issue any rule.

In Monday's letter, sent by a special messenger, the EC said: "A commission meeting again reviewed the matter. The meeting maintained EC's earlier decision that it has nothing to do with matter."

The election law provides for cancellation of nomination paper and annulment of membership for giving any false information in the affidavit.

Election officer Md Nazmul Kabir, who signed the letter, told no action could be taken against Reza since the complaint was not lodged timely.

Reza defeated Jamaat-e-Islami candidate GM Nazrul Islam bagging 51,147 votes.


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