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20 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Khaleda imprisonment

Khaleda can contest polls if higher court permits: CEC

STAFF REPORTER

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AKM Nurul Huda yesterday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia can run for the next general election if she moves an appeal before the Supreme Court against her conviction and the court permit her to contest the polls. The CEC also hoped that Khaleda Zia, who was recently jailed for five years in a graft case, would take part in the next general election after resolving all problems.

“Khaleda Zia cannot contest in the next general election in the present context. But, I hope all problems arisen over the Khaleda Zia conviction would be resolved and Khaleda Zia will take part in the election,” the CEC made the observations while talking to reporters after a courtesy call on Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at his SC office.

The CEC said he was a lower court judge once upon a time and he feels at this moment that Khaleda cannot contest the election.

He said the SC has two separate verdicts over the issue. One judgment said if anybody is convicted and sentenced to two or more years’ in jail by the lower court for moral turpitude, he or she can contest the election as long as the appeal is not settled by the apex court. In another judgment, the apex court said a convict cannot contest the election, the CEC said.

Now, it depends on the SC whether the BNP chief can contest the election, he added. Khaleda landed in jail on February 8 after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

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