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EC declares Shahabuddin President-elect of Bangladesh

EC declares Shahabuddin President-elect of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Awami League nominated candidate Mohammad Shahabuddin has been declared the President-elect of Bangladesh. Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal on Monday (Feb 13) made the declaration at the Election Commission Office at noon after scrutinizing the nomination paper submitted on Sunday, local media reported.

"As per the election schedule, two nomination papers were submitted for Shahabuddin on Sunday and one of those was accepted as valid after scrutiny. We will send it today for gazette notification," he told journalists at the EC office.

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Joint General Secretary and Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud and Office Secretary Biplab Barua were present during scrutinizing the nomination papers.

Shahbuddin has been declared the country's 22nd President as no other political party except Awami League nominated any candidate for the post. 

Earlier on Sunday, an Awami League delegation came to the Nirbachan Bhaban at Agargaon along with Shahbuddin at 10.45 a.m. with the nomination paper signed by party's General Secretary Obaidul Quader as the proposer while its Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud seconded the proposal.

Under the EC procedures the nomination paper was required to be signed by Shahbuddin as well, as consent to his nomination.

On Feb 7, Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) entrusted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with selecting the party nominee for the presidency as the tenure of incumbent President Abdul Hamid will end on Apr 24 this year.

A 1971 valiant freedom fighter, Shahbuddin was born in 1949 in Pabna and initially began his career as a lawyer. He started career in the judicial service in 1982 as an assistant judge and subsequently became a district and sessions judge.

He served as the coordinator of Bangbandhu Murder Trial when Awami League returned to power in 1996 elections after 21 years of political wilderness and exposed the Bangabandhu killers to justice.

Shahbuddin, as well, served as the chairman of the Judicial Inquiry Commission after the 2001 general elections to investigate the murders, rapes and looting and inhumane activities committed by the BNP-Jamaat alliance.

He was also elected as the general secretary of the Judicial Service Association in 1995.

After his retirement, he was appointed as a commissioner of independent Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

In his student life, Shahbuddin was a political activist and leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo League and was the convener of Pabna district's Swadhin Bangla Chhatra Sangram Parishad in 1971.

He was imprisoned for waging a protest after the Aug 15, 1975 assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a military coup along with most of his family members.

He was also the election commissioner in the last National Council of Bangladesh Awami League.

Shahbuddin's wife Rebeka Sultana is former joint secretary to the government while the couple has a son.

President Md. Abdul Hamid congratulated President-elect of Bangladesh Md. Sahabuddin. President Hamid phoned Md Shahbuddin and congratulated him in the afternoon, President's press secretary Joynal Abedin told National News Agency of Bangladesh.

They also exchanged greetings each other.