Incumbent Md. Abdul Hamid has been re-elected president uncontested for another five-year term,agencies report. The chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda made the announcement on Wednesday as there is no other candidate for the head of the state post.
A delegation of the ruling Awami League on Monday submitted the nomination paper on behalf of Abdul Hamid, the party’s nominee, to the election commission.
The AL, in its party forum headed by AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina, on 31 January nominated Hamid as its candidate to contest the presidential election while an AL team, led by chief whip AS Feroz, collected the nomination paper from the returning officer’s office of the election commission at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city on Friday.
Hamid as speaker of parliament became acting president after the death of the then president Md. Zillur Rahman in Singapore on 20 March 2013.
He was elected uncontested as the 22nd president of Bangladesh on 22 April 2013. He was sworn in to the office of president of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on 24 April 2013. Abdul Hamid was born on 1 January 1944 at Kamalpur in Mithamoin upazila of Kishoreganj district.
Hamid was the founder president of Chhatra League of Kishoregonj sub-division unit in 1964 and also elected vice-president of Chhatra League of Mymensingh district unit in 1966-67. He was imprisoned in 1968 for leading the then student movement. He joined the Awami League in 1969.
Hamid, a valiant freedom fighter, was the president of Kishoreganj district Awami League from 1978 to 2009 and the president of Kishoreganj District Bar Association for 5 times during 1990-96.
In the Pakistan National Assembly Election of 1970, Hamid was elected the junior most member from Mymensingh-18 constituency. In 1972, he became the member of constituent assembly. As a pro-people and grassroots level popular leader of Bangladesh Awami League, he was elected member of parliament (MP) for several times.
In the general elections of 1973, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2009 he was elected MP from Kishoreganj-5 as an Awami League nominee.
Md Abdul Hamid was unanimously elected deputy speaker in the 7th parliament on 13 July 1996 and held the post till 10 July 2001. Later, he became speaker on 12 July 2001 and remained so till 28 October 2001. In the 8th parliament he served as the deputy leader of the opposition from 1 November 2001 to 27 October 2006. Hamid was elected the speaker in the 9th parliament and served office in this capacity during the period 2009-2013.