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>no easy going yet for court-cleared aspirants

>The Election Commission (EC) will challenge the court orders that have enabled the loan defaulters and convicted individuals to be candidates in the December 29 parliamentary polls. (Full report)
“We will contest the cases at an appropriate time,” Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain told reporters yesterday at his office.
“If the Appellate Division’s ruling in the end goes against a candidate who has participated in the election on the High Court’s order and won, he will be disqualified as a member of parliament,” he added.
The EC has already consulted a former attorney general regarding the rulings, sources in the commission said.
The lawyer has suggested that this time the EC challenge the orders and get to the bottom of the matters.
The EC faces legal problems before every general election, but seldom pursues those once the election is over.
The commission first planned to go to the apex court to appeal the latest rulings that have cleared candidacy of 21 individuals it ruled out. But it opted not to do that at this time as the move might hamper holding of the parliamentary election on schedule, sources said.
According to the EC and Bangladesh Bank (BB), around 80 individuals have obtained court orders in favour of their candidacy.
The EC has been made respondent in over 30 cases while the central bank in the rest.

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