Dhaka, Feb 11 (UNB) – Four Jatiya Party MP candidates, nominated for contesting the election to the reserved seats of the 11th parliament, submitted their nomination forms to the Election Commission (EC) on Monday.
The four candidates together with Jatiya Party senior leaders went to the EC secretariat at noon and submitted their nomination papers to the returning officer.
The four JaPa candidates are party presidium members Masuda M Rashid Chowdhury, Salma Islam, party chairman’s advisers Prof Raushan Ara Mannan and Najma Akhter.
Jatiya Party cochairman GM Quader, secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga, presidium members Fakhrul Islam and Rezaul Islam Bhuiyan were, among others, present.
Talking to reporters, Ranga said their party will demonstrate in Parliament that huge opposition MPs are not needed to speak loudly in favour of people. “We’ll also prove that the role of the true opposition can be played by a small number of MPs.”
He said they will play the role of the opposition in a systematic and decent way instead of indulging in badmouthing in parliament.
On February 3, the Election Commission announced the election schedule for the reserved seats.
The 50 seats of parliament reserved for women are distributed among parties based on the number of their representation in Parliament.
According to the proportional representation in the House, Awami League AL will get 43 of the 50 reserved seats while Jatiya Party four and BNP and Workers Party one each.
Jatiya Party won 22 seats in December-30 national election.
Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – BNP on Monday said it does not want the elections to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) to be held the way the national and local body ones were held.
“We don’t want the Ducsu elections to be held like the national and local body polls. It’s a big challenge (for Dhaka University authorities),” said BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan.
He further said, “There’s a reason to be worried over the Ducsu polls as the university authorities have been appointed by the government. But we hope the students will put in their all-out efforts to ensure credible elections in their institution.”
The BNP leader came up with the comment while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave along with the newly-formed convening committee members of Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB).
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, thinks the battle of ballot in the Ducsu elections will be held between the pro-democratic and anti-democratic forces. “I hope, the pro-democratic forces will surely come out successful in the polls.”
Mentioning that a proper election atmosphere is not yet to be created on Dhaka University campus, he said the ruling party assured all of not creating any barrier to ensuring a congenial atmosphere on the campus. “We want to believe them.”
The BNP leader said their party also wants all the student organists to get the scope for participating in the elections, and the students to elect their representatives through casting their votes freely in a congenial atmosphere.
The elections to Ducsu and its hall unions for 25 posts will be held on March 11 as per the scheduled announced by the Chief Returning Officer Prof Mahfuzur Rahman on Monday morning at Nawab Nabab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban.
The voting will continue from 8 am to 2pm inside the residential halls of the university. The last elections to Ducsu were held on July 6, 1990. In the last 28 years, the Dhaka University students could not cast their votes for selecting their representatives as the election process was closed.
Nazrul Islam said they believe that different student organisations will force the government and the DU authorities to ensure a credible balloting removing all the obstacles.
Earlier at a discussion, BNP vice chairman Hafijuddin Ahmed voiced doubt about fair elections to Ducsu as the authorities concerned have so far failed to ensure coexistence of supporters of different student bodies on the campus.
“It seems to me that Ducsu polls will be another election of vote robbery like that of the national election. Most student organisations wanted the polling stations to be set up at (DU’s) academic building instead of at residential halls, but the authorities didn’t pay heed to it,” he said.
He said how a fair election will be held when there is no existence of the leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal on the campus as they cannot enter the University areas. “We think the Ducsu election is going to be held to deprive the students of their voting rights.”
Nagorik Odhikar Andolon Forum arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Chattogram, Feb 11 (UNB) – Pro-BNP lawyer ASM Badrul Anwar has been elected president and Pro-Awami League lawyer Ayub Khan secretary in the Chittagong Bar Association election.
Chief Election Commissioner Anwarul Haque Chowdhury announced the results 11:45 pm on Sunday.
Of the total 19 posts, Pro-BNP and Pro-Awami League lawyers' panel secured nine posts each while an independent candidate got the rest one.
The daylong voting of the election concluded around 4:00 pm starting from 9:00am on Sunday.
A total 2,733 lawyers among 3,426 cast their votes.
Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday alleged that its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition has deteriorated as the government is not ensuring proper treatment to her in jail.
“Though Khaleda Zia’s health condition continues to deteriorate, she is not given treatment. She’s suffering from serious pains in her eyes while she’s unable to walk with her swollen legs. Her previous illness has turned acute now,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “Amid such a physical illness, she is being produced frequently before the court set up in a small room inside the jail, showing inhuman attitude. In fact, Khaleda Zia has been subjected to repression and harassment in the name of producing her before the court.”
The BNP leader alleged that government is trying to annihilate Khaleda gradually by depriving her of treatment.
He urged the Prime Minister to release Khaleda Zia from jail as what he said her desire to keep Khaleda Zia away from the national election has already fulfilled.
Rizvi alleged that police obstructed their party’s protest programmes at different parts of the country on Saturday, and arrested some BNP leaders and activists.
He condemned the police action, and demanded the immediate release of their party’s arrested leaders and activists.
Replying to a question, the BNP leader said their party still did not finalise its decision on filing case with the High Court's election tribunal in connection with December-30 election irregularities.
Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – The ruling Awami League has announced the names of chairman candidates for the second phase of upazila parishad elections in 122 upazilas scheduled to be held on March 18.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader announced the names at a press conference at the party President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office this noon.
Earlier on Friday, party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina finalized the manes in a joint meeting of Awami League Parliamentary Board and its Local Government Nomination board.
Following the meeting, AL announced the names of 87 chairman aspirants who want to contest the first-phase upazila elections to be held on March 10.
On February 4, Awami League started selling nomination papers to those who want to contest the upazila elections.
The Election Commission on February 3 announced that the fifth upazila parishad polls would be held in five phases.
The election to 87 upazila parishads in 12 districts under Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions will be held in the first phase on March 10.
The second phase of the election is slated for March 18, the third for March 24, the fourth for March 31 and the fifth for June 18.