Dhaka, Mar 2 (UNB) - The ruling Awami League has announced the names of chairman candidates for the 4th phase of upazila parishad elections in 122 upazilas scheduled to be held on March 31.
The name of candidates were finalised at a meeting of AL Local Government Nomination Board, held at the party’s President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's residence Ganobhaban on Friday, said an AL release .
Sheikh Hasina, also President of AL Local Government Nomination Board, chaired the meeting.
The Election Commission on February 20 announced the schedule for holding elections to 122 upazila parishads of 16 districts in the fourth phase on March 31.
According to the election schedule, the deadline for submission of nomination papers is March 4, while the date for scrutiny of nomination papers is March 6 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is March 13.
The 122 upazilas include 7 upazilas in Patuakhali district, 6 in Bhola, 5 in Barguna, 7 in Pirojpur, 8 in Jashore, 9 in Khulna, 9 in Bagerhat, 12 in Mymensingh, 6 in Munshiganj, 3 in Narayanganj, 5 in Dhaka, 12 in Tangail, 13 in Cumilla, 7 in Noakhali, 7 in Brahmanbaria and 6 upazilasin Feni district.
Earlier, the EC announced the election schedules for the first three phases.
As per the schedules, 87 upazilas will go to the polls on March 10 in the first phase, while 129 upazilas on March 18 in the second phase and 127 upazilas on March 24 in the third phase.
Dhaka, Mar 1 (UNB) – Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor-elect Atiqul Islam met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban on Friday evening.
During the meeting, the mayor-elect greeted the Prime Minister by presenting a bouquet to her.
Senior Awami League leaders, including Amir Hossain Amu, Obaidul Quader and Faruk Khan, as well as leaders of its Dhaka North city unit were present on the occasion.
Awami League candidate Atiqul Islam was unofficially declared elected in the by-election to the mayoral post of DNCC on Thursday bagging 839,302 votes while his nearest rival Shafin Ahmed of Jatiya Party polled 52,429.
Dhaka, Mar 1 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Friday said observing the National Voter Day by the current government after snatching people’s voting right is a ‘mockery’ with the nation.
“People have got astonished seeing that the government is observing voter day today (Friday) after snatching their voting right in the December-30 national election and yesterday’s (Thursday) by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor post,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “When people can’t exercise their right to franchise, the voter is being observed with a slogan ‘Be voter and cast your vote’. It’s a ridiculous matter. The government is mocking the nation by marking such a day after stanching people’s voting rights.”
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, made the remarks while talking to reporters after placing a wreath at party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Matsyajibi Dal, marking its 40th founding anniversary.
He said people did not go to the polling stations to cast their votes in the DNCC by-election, except where the councilor election was held. ”But it’s surprising that Awami League candidate got 8.39 lakh votes. “Who’ve given so many votes?”
The BNP leader alleged that the ruling party indulged in vote fraud in the by-polls as it did the same in the national election.
Mosharraf also said the voters registered their protest against “vote robbery by the ruling party and administration in the national election” by not showing up at the polling stations on Thursday.
“People have lost their confidence in the government and the election commission. That’s why they didn’t cast their votes yesterday (Thursday),” he said.
The BNP leader said it is now a big challenge for their party to restore democracy and people’s voting rights in the country.
“We’re reorganising our party and associate bodies. We believe that BNP will surely turnaround and restore democracy and people’s voting rights,” he said.
Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) - BNP on Thursday alleged that the government is going to take an “anti-people” move of raising gas tariffs for “creating a further scope for the ruling party men to plunder public money”.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi demanded the government back off from such a move immediately.
“The government has initiated a process to hike the gas price. The minister concerned said the gas tariff will be raised. We think such a move will only create another scope of looting public money,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “I, on behalf of BNP, strongly condemn and protest the government’s move. I urge the government to retreat from such an anti-people step.”
Rizvi said the life of people dependent on the gas will turn miserable if the unity price is hiked again.
He alleged that the government is trying to increase the gas tariff as it is least bothered about public sufferings.
The BNP leader warned that people will not accept any decision of hiking the gas price.
Rizvi alleged that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia is not provided any treatment in jail as part of the government’s plot to gradually kill her.
He demanded the government immediately release Khaleda from jail to ensure her proper treatment.
Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that the voting in the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) was “actually held on Wednesday night” determining the fate of a particular person.
“The election results were determined last night (Wednesday night). Ballots were stuffed in favour of the ruling party nominated (mayoral) candidate. Now just formalities are being completed, and the results will be announced at the end of the day,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
Voting in the by-election to the mayoral post of DNCC and in 36 wards of Dhaka north and south city corporations began around 8am and ended at 4pm.
Bringing the allegation of vote ‘robbery’ in 11th parliamentary election, BNP and some other parties did not join the polls.
Rizvi said an uneasy calm has been prevailing in the capital city though the by-polls were holding here. “Election is usually a festival in our country, but there’s no enthusiasm and excitement among people. There’s no competition as only silence is everywhere here.”
He alleged that the government has destroyed the democratic completion and anticipation with its ‘autocratic’ rule.
About Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s comment that low voter turnout in the ongoing elections to the two city corporations is not the liability of the Commission, Rizvi said the CEC apparently admitted that the Commission has no acceptability to the country’s people and political parties.
He said the CEC has deprived the voters of their right to franchise during the December-30 national election. “The CEC played the main role in plunging the country into a deep crisis by installing an illegal government through a mega festival of vote rigging on December 30.”
The BNP leader said the current Commission only deserves people’s condemnation, not appreciation for the incidents of ballot stuffing the night before the voting and vote rigging.