Dhaka, Bangladesh
Ten withdraw nomination papers in RpCC polls

Ten withdraw nomination papers in RpCC polls

RANGPUR, Dec 7: Ten candidates for the general councilor posts on Sunday withdrew their nomination papers quitting their race from the upcoming Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) elections- 2017. Returning Officer for RpCC elections-2017 Subhash Chandra Sarkar said this evening that today was the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers by the contesting candidates. "Ten out of total 221 valid candidates for general councilor posts withdrew nomination papers on Sunday," Sarkar said adding none of the candidates for the mayoral or reserved women councilor posts withdrew nomination papers. After withdrawal of nomination papers, 283 candidates, including seven for the mayoral post, 211 for 33 general councilor posts in all 33 wards and 65 for 11 reserved women councilor posts in 11 reserved wards are in the fray for RpCC elections-2017 now. "The election symbols will be allocated tomorrow (December 4) and RpCC election- 2017 will be held on December 21 next," Sarkar added. The seven candidates who are now vying for the RpCC mayoral post are: Awami League-nominated Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu, Jatiya Party (JP)-nominated Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa, BNP-nominated Kawser Zaman Babla, Selim Akhter of National Peoples Party, ATM Golam Mostafa of Islami Shasontantra Andolan Bangladesh, Abdul Kuddus of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal and former JP lawmaker Hossain Mokbul Shahriar. Talking to BSS, Assistant Returning Officer for RpCC elections- 2017 Kamrul Islam said 393,994 voters including 196,356 males and 197,638 females will apply voting rights at 1,122 polling booths of 193 polling centres on December 21 next. "The maiden RpCC elections- 2012 were held on December 20, 2012," Islam said adding that 444 candidates including 13 for the mayoral post, 339 for the 33 general councilor posts and 92 for 11 reserved women councilor posts then vied the polls. Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu became the first mayor of Rangpur bagging 106,255 votes against 77,805 votes of his nearest rival Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa defeating Mostafa by 28,450 votes in the maiden RpCC- 2012 polls, Islam added.

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