Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB) – President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Sunday wrote a letter to the Election Commission (EC) seeking deferment of the national election from December 23 to December 30.
Badruddoza Chowdhury, also chairman of Juktafront, sought changes in the dates of nomination paper submission and scrutiny of nomination papers.
Bikalpa Dhara organising secretary barrister Omar Faruk handed over the letter to the Election Commission around 3:30 pm while its presidium member Abdur Rouf Mannam, publication secretary engineer Sheikh Mesbah Uddin Junnu and Bikalpa Srmajibi Dhara president Aynul Haque were present.
In the letter, B Chowdhury said it will be difficult for candidates to submit nomination papers, scrutinising nomination papers and taking interviews in such a short time given by the Commission.
He also said the date of submitting nomination papers should be deferred from November 19 to November 26 for the sake of fair polls and nominating honest candidates.
The date for the scrutiny of nomination papers should be deferred from November 29 to December 5.
On November 8, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule stating that the 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 23.
He announced that the last date for submitting nomination papers is November 19 while the date for scrutinising nomination papers is November 22 and the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers is November 29.
Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB) – BNP will formally start selling its nomination papers on Monday to those who want to contest the next general election with the party’s election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the announcement at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
He said the sale of nomination paper will start at 10am at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Monday.
Rizvi said the aspirants can collect the party nomination paper from 10 to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday at Tk 5,000 each.
Each nomination hopeful can submit the nomination paper either on Wednesday 10am to 4pm or the same time on Thursday with Tk 25,000 as non-refundable deposit.
Earlier in the day, BNP’s two alliances --Jatiya Oikyafront and 20-Praty-- announced to participate in the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections as part of their movement to restore democracy, and demanded the election be deferred by one month.
Huge party leaders and activists started gathering in front of BNP office soon after the announcement of its joining the polls.
They are staging showdown in favour of their respective party nomination aspirants.
On Thursday evening, chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in a televised address to the nation announced the schedule for the next general election.
As per the schedule, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 23 (Sunday) while the last date for submitting nomination papers is November 19, the date for scrutinising nomination papers is November 22 and the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers is November 29.
Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB) – The eight registered political parties of the BNP-led 20-party alliance have decided to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with ‘sheaf of paddy’, the electoral symbol of BNP.
A delegation of the 20-party, led by BNP chairperson’s adviser BijonKanti Sarkar, sent a letter signed by BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to the Election Commission on Sunday.
The eight registered parties are BNP, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), Khelafat Majlish, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party (JAGPA), Bangladesh Kalyan Party, Bangladesh Muslim League (BML) and Jamiatulema-e-Islam Bangladesh.
On Behalf of the 20-party alliance, LDP president Oli Ahmed in a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Sunday said they decided to participate in the election for the sake of democracy though most of their demands have not been accepted yet.
“We’re strongly committed to continuation of the democratic trend in the country. As we‘ve confidence in people, the 20-party unanimously decided to join the upcoming parliamentary elections in alliance despite the extreme hostile situation,” he said.
Like the Jatiya Oikyafront, he demanded the election be deferred by one month.