The biennial elections to the board of directors of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry for the 2017-19 tenure will be held today at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital Dhaka.
The voting will begin at 9:00am and will continue until 5:00pm without any break.
This year, a total of 2,331 voters — 458 from 82 chambers and 1,873 from 377 associations — would cast their votes to elect 18 directors from the association group as same number of directors from the chamber group were elected unopposed.
Thirty-six candidates are contesting for the posts of 18 directors for the association group under the banner of two separate panels.
For the chamber group, 35 were the valid candidates for the 18 director posts but 17 of them withdrew their nominations on April 30.
In the electoral process, 36 elected directors along with 24 nominated directors (12 from the chamber group and 12 from the association group) would choose the president of the country’s apex trade body for the next two years’ tenure.
The elections to the posts of president and two vice-presidents will be held on May 16.
The board of the FBCCI will be formed with 60 directors — 36 elected while 24 nominated from the country’s different chambers and associations.
The FBCCI election board has already declared the names of 24 nominated directors (12 from the chamber group and 12 from the association group) and 16 directors from the chamber group who were elected unopposed.
Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, the incumbent first vice president of the FBCCI, is leading a panel under the banner of Sammilita Ganatantrik Parishad from both chamber and association groups.
Mohiuddin who has already been nominated as a director of the FBCCI from the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association will vie for the post of president of the apex trade body.
Another panel named Baboshaye Oikya Forum led by Syed Moazzam Hossain is contesting for 18 director posts of the association group.
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