Md. Abdul Hamid has been elected the country's president for a second consecutive term as no one else is running in the upcoming presidential election. Chief Election Commissioner K M Nurul Huda announced the development today at a press briefing at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital, local media reports said.
Monday (Feb 5) was the last day to submit nomination papers for the post of the President. Only the ruling Bangladesh Awami League submitted the nomination papers for Hamid.
Hamid took office on Apr 24, 2013, and his five-year term expires on Apr 23. According to article 123 of the constitution, presidential election should be held between 90 and 60 days before the five-year term expires.
Before becoming President, Hamid was elected as lawmaker seven times and also served as the Speaker twice. He became acting President on Mar 14, 2013, after Md. Zillur Rahman, President at the time, was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on Mar 10. Zillur breathed his last at the hospital on Mar 20.