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1,841 contestants in election race

1,745 nominated by political parties, rest to run independently

11 Dec 2018, 08:38

NTV Online

A total of 1,841 candidates are going to contest the 11th parliamentary elections from all 300 constituencies.

Of them, 1,745 contestants are nominated by political parties and the remaining 96 are independent contenders, according to the statistics of the Election Commission, reports the UNB.

Highest 15 candidates are running the election from Cumilla-3 parliamentary seat.

However, the number of total candidates may vary as the EC will have to accept candidature of any contestant if there is any court order.

A total of 3,065 nomination papers were submitted in the 300 constituencies for the general election slated for December 30.

During the scrutiny on December 2, returning officers accepted 2,279 nomination papers and rejected the rest 786.

But 243 aspirants got back their candidature following appeals with the appellate authority, EC, challenging the decisions of the returning officers.

Some others candidates got back their candidacy with the court’s orders.

Nearly 700 candidates pulled out from the electoral race within the deadline that expired on Sunday.