Current President Md. Abdul Hamid, who is also the ruling Bangladesh Awami League nominated candidate for upcoming presidential polls, is going to be the next President without any contest as no other candidates have submitted nomination paper this year. Assistant Election official of the presidential polls Khandakar Mizanur Rahman told media that no one except Abdul Hamid submitted nomination paper to the EC till 4:00 p.m. Monday (Feb 5). The submission time is up and the nomination papers will be selected on Feb 7, local media reports said.
If Hamid's nomination gets accepted, he will be elected President uncontested.
Earlier on Monday noon, a team led by Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader submitted the nomination for presidential candidate to Chief Election Commissioner K M Nurul Huda.
Hamid was sworn in as the 15th president of Bangladesh on Apr 24, 2013. According to the Constitution, an election to fill the president's seat has to be held 90 to 60 days before the incumbent’s term expires.
On Jan 31, an Awami League parliamentary board led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina nominated Hamid for a second term.
Hamid is the seventeenth individual to rise to presidency. The second five-year stint will be his last as one can hold the office for a maximum two terms.