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AL nomination forms on sale from tomorrow

Published : Monday, 14 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 544

The Awami League is set to distribute nomination forms for women reserved seats in the 11th Parliament. The ruling party has got 43 reserved seats, Jatiya Party 4 seats, BNP one, and the rest two seats will be filled up from the others.

According to AL high-ups, the dedication to the party, the history of sacrifice for the party, political experience and wisdom, and loyalty to the party and to the party president Sheikh Hasina will be taken into account while giving nomination to the aspirants. The women seat hopefuls can collect the nomination forms from the AL president's Dhanmondi political office in the city from Tuesday 10:00am, according to an AL press release.

It is learnt that the Election Commission will announce the election schedule for the 50 reserved seats this week. As per the law, the people could not choose the lawmakers of reserved seats exercising their direct franchise and the reserved seat MPs are elected by the lawmakers directly elected. As the lawmakers belong to political parties in most of the cases, the parties get proportional share in such seats as per the number of MPs directly elected.

In the 11th parliamentary polls, AL secured 257 seats,  Jatiya Party 22, BNP 6, Workers' Party   3, Gano Forum 2, JaSad( Inu) 2, JaSad (Ambia) 1, Bikalpadhara 2, Tarikat Federation 1 and JP (Manju) 1, and independent candidates 3. It is to be mentioned, election at one constituency was postponed following the death of a candidate and the election will take place on January 27. Awami League Joint General Secretary Abdur Rahman told The Daily Observer the ruling party will elect those aspirants who are dedicated to the cause of the party, who has the background of sacrifice, political experience and loyalty to the party. AL Central Committee Member Adv ABM Riazul Kabir Kawser said loyalty to the party and political wisdom, capable women workers of the party will be considered for AL ticket in the women reserve seats. The Election Commission has a legal obligation to arrange the polls to the 50 reserved seats within 90 days after the gazette of general election results is published. If the number of nominated candidates by a political party is equal to its reserved seats, the contenders will be declared elected unopposed immediately after the last date for withdrawal of candidacy.

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