Sale of AL nomination forms begins

The Awami League (AL) yesterday (Tuesday) started selling nomination forms to aspirants for its 43 reserved seats for women in the 11th Parliament. The party general secretary, Obaidul Quader, formally inaugurated the selling of forms at the AL president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office. - A home for your website

Aspirant candidates can collect forms till declaration of the election schedule for the 50 reserved seats by the Election Commission (EC). The EC is expected to announce the schedule on February 17. This time, the ruling party has fixed Tk. 30,000 as the price of nomination forms. In the first day of selling, 600 forms have been sold so far.

The EC has a legal obligation to hold elections to 50 reserved seats for women within 90 days after publication of the gazette notification of the general election.

In line with the law, distribution of reserved seats will reflect the seat share in the directly elected 300 constituencies.

According to proportional representation in Parliament, the AL has 43 reserved seats, Jatiya Party four, BNP one and others will get the remaining two.

The AL has won in 259 seats out of the 300 parliamentary constituencies across the country, the Jatiya Party 22, BNP six, Workers Party three, Gano Forum, Jasod and Bikalpadhara two seats each, Tarikat Federation and JP one seat each in the 11th general election. Independent candidates were elected in three constituencies.

The EC will hold polls to one remaining constituency on January 27, as the election there was postponed following the death of a candidate.

Among others, joint general seretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, organising secretary and also deputy minister for water resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, women affairs minister Fazilatun Nesa Indira, agriculture affairs secretary Faridun Nahar Laily and deputy office secretary barrister Biplob Barua were present on the occasion.

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