Dhaka: Bangladeshi ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s nomination papers for contesting in the general elections slated for December 30 were cancelled on Sunday.Also Read - BAN vs SL, 1st Test, Preview: Test Cricket Returns With Bangladesh Set To Take On Sri Lanka

The Election Commission appointed Returning officers (ROs) cancelled her nomination papers for contesting in three constituencies on the ground of her conviction in two corruption cases, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read - India Among 30 Odd Countries Where Marital Rape Not Criminalised Yet | Check List Here

Apart from Khaleda Zia, ROs who are scrutinizing 3,065 nominations also cancelled nomination papers filed by dozens of candidates on various grounds including convictions. Also Read - Bangladeshi Teenager Swims Across India Border to Buy His Favourite Chocolate, Ends Up in Jail

Bangladesh’s apex court on Wednesday upheld a ban for convicts from running in the general elections.

The country’s major opposition alliance led by Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has decided to contest the parliamentary polls.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Bangladesh Awami League party, which rose to power with a landslide election victory in early 2009 and won its second term in 2014, is facing challenges from Zia’s BNP and its allies, which boycotted the 2014 elections.