Incumbent MPs won’t have to resign if they run as independents: EC
Sitting MPs will not have to resign if they take part in the upcoming national elections as independent candidate, the EC said today.
These MPs will also not need to submit signatures of one percent voters of their constituency, in line with the Representation of the People Order-1972, an EC press statement said.
The statement came as several media reported that Election Commissioner Rashida Sultana yesterday, at a programme in Rajshahi, said MPs have to resign if they want to run as independent candidates. It says so in the law, she had said.
However, today's statement said MPs elected with party tickets will not have to resign from their positions.
MPs elected through a party ticket, as an independent, or from reserved seats, will be able to take part in the elections from their poistions, it added.