First Phase Of Upazila Polls
Quader names 87 AL chairman nominees
Published : Sunday, 10 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 760
Awami League has announced names of 87 chairman candidates for the first-phase of upazila parishad elections to be held on March 10 on party tickets.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader revealed the names of the chairman candidates at a press briefing held at Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's political office at Dhanmondi on Saturday.
Elections will be held in 480 of 492 upazilas. The first phase will include polls in the Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions.
"A 19-member Local Government Nomination Board has finalised the list," said Quader.
On Friday, a joint meeting of Awami League Parliamentary Board and its Local Government Nomination board finalized the names at a meeting with party President Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
On February 4, Awami League started the sale of nomination papers to those who want to contest the first-phase of upazila elections.
According to the Election Commission, elections to 87 Upazila Parishads will be held on March 10 in the first phase.
The last date for submitting nomination papers is February 11 while that of withdrawal is February 19.
"It is an internal matter. The board has selected them after considering the overall situation - including their actions and organisational status," Quader said.
The Road, Transport and Bridges Minister also said
they had information about many BNP leaders participating in the elections despite the party's decision to boycott.
"It is better for democratic practice to have a strong opposition. We never want to see our opposition as a powerless party. But if a party becomes powerless due to the practice of shaky politics, then we have nothing to do," he said.