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>THE Election Commission (EC) has asked the returning officers (ROs) of two parliamentary constituencies to allocate electoral symbols for a BNP and an AL nominee as independent candidates since their previous symbols were scrapped following court orders. (Full report)
The EC Secretariat in a surprise move on Friday night issued the circular asking the ROs to do so, ignoring the electoral laws that do not allow the two parliamentary aspirants for Chandpur-1 and Comilla-10 constituencies to contest the election as independent candidates.
The RO of Comilla-10 constituency allocated BNP’s electoral symbol ‘sheaf of paddy’ to Abdul Gafur Bhuiyan following a court order.
He also allocated ‘deer’ symbol to Mobashwer Alam Bhuyian, who earlier got the BNP’s electoral symbol, as an independent candidate.
RO Manzurur Rahman told The Daily Star yesterday over telephone that he allocated the symbol to Mobashwer as per the EC directive.
“Initially, I did not allocate any symbol to Mobasser Alam Bhuiyan. But later I did so after receiving the commission’s directive,” he said.

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