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>IN breach of the electoral laws, the Election Commission (EC) yesterday asked the political parties to rank their picks for a constituency in order of preference, and inform the returning officers about it during the scrutiny of nominations. (Full Article)
The Representation of the People Order (RPO) says a party having more than one nominee against a seat must give the ROs a single name before the scrutiny starts.
“Provided that any registered political party may primarily nominate more than one candidate and if more than one candidate is nominated, the name of one nominated candidate shall be sent to the Returning Officer in writing before the scrutiny of the nomination papers,” says article 12 (3a) (b) of the RPO.
To issue the fresh instructions yesterday, the EC cancelled its earlier letter asking the political parties to notify the ROs of their final selection before the examination of candidacy papers, said sources at the EC Secretariat.
The commission issued the letter on November 27.
Seventeen registered political parties have multiple candidates vying for a seat. Of them, Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party have more than one candidate in a good number of constituencies.

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