Some 47.6 percent of the chairman candidates in the second phase of the upazila elections are either graduates or postgraduates, while 15 percent blow the SSC.
Besides, the profession of the 55.47 percent candidates is business, while that of 20.35pc agriculture.
Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan), a non-government organization working on good governance yesterday came up with the statistics at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).
Presenting the keynote paper, co-coordinator of Sujan Sanjida Haque Bipasha said they found the statistics analysing the affidavits of 521 aspirants out of 766 who submitted nomination papers to contest the second phase polls in 117 upazila parishads.
She said they found the affidavits of 527 aspirants on the EC website, but they analyzed 521 affidavits as some were obscures.
Of the 521 aspirants, educational qualification of 79 is blow SSC, while 91 completed SSC, 97 passed HSC, 151 completed graduation and 97 post-graduation. The academic qualifications of six others are not mentioned in the affidavits.
Among the contenders, 16 aspirants are currently accused in 18 murder cases while 34 were accused in 49 murder cases in the past. Now a total of 124 aspirants are accused in various cases.
Fourteen candidates have wealth worth more than Tk five crore each, while 60 others over Tk one crore each.
The annual income of six candidates is more than one crore each, while that of is less than Tk two lakh.
Addressing the press conference, Sujan secretary Dr Badiul Alam Majumder alleged that they faced difficulties during the data collection in this regard from different upazilas.
Voicing concern over political influence on the non-partisan local government election, he said, it is a matter of regret that political parties put pressure on some candidates to withdraw their candidature to have their single candidates in the polls.
He said putting pressure to withdraw candidature is tantamount to violation of the election code of conduct. “Such behavior of the political parties is in no way acceptable,” Dr Alam said.
Chairman candidates of UZ polls 48% graduates, 15% below SSC, 55% businessmen