Tuesday, January 20, 2009

http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=71542

Awami League lawmaker Abdul Quddus, left, receiving a gold replica of his party's electoral symbol, boat, from Shamsul Haque Sheikh, a candidate of upazila parishad polls in Gurudaspur, Natore. Photo: STAR

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to warn an Awami League (AL) lawmaker for violating the electoral code of conduct of the upazila parishad elections in its efforts to refrain MPs from influencing the crucial polls to local government bodies.

The EC will soon issue a letter to AL lawmaker Abdul Quddus of Natore warning him of his reported bid to influence the upazila elections. Quddus received around 80 miniature gold-made boats, AL electoral symbol, and campaigned for an upazila polls contestant. 

Election Commissioner Muhammed Sohul Hussain labelled the activity of Quddus unethical and said it was a clear attempt to influence the upazila elections. 

Meanwhile, the EC yesterday warned Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor Khairuzzaman Liton for violating electoral code of conduct by campaigning for a candidate openly, sources in the EC Secretariat said. 

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Quddus violated the electoral rules by campaigning for an upazila chairman candidate after receiving around 80 gold-made boat replicas from him, our staff correspondent in Rajshahi reports.

Apart from party leaders, prominent businessmen, traders' organisations and authorities of nearly 70 private schools and colleges gave him the replicas during his reception at Shaheed Shamsuzzoha Degree College ground Wednesday, said party-men.

Addressing the gathering, Quddus said, "All development works of Gurudaspur municipality and upazila areas will go through our hands. If you want development, vote for our candidates." 

Abul Kashem Sarker, chief electoral agent of a chairman candidate Sarker Emdadul Haque M Ali, submitted a complaint in this connection with Natore's returning officer alleging violation of election rules.

Asked about the allegations, Quddus told reporters that he did not take the replicas home. "If anyone offers me a gift out of love, how can you find anything wrong in it," he said, adding that he left the gifts at the reception.

Talking to The Daily Star Monoj Kanti Boral, returning officer and additional deputy commissioner (general) of Natore, had said "We are looking into the allegations.”




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