AL considers city polls as litmus test of popularity

Nomination board sits today to finalise candidates

Moloy Saha | Published: 00:02, Nov 11,2017 | Updated: 00:07, Nov 11,2017

 
 

The ruling Awami League will put in its best efforts to ensure win in the upcoming elections to six city corporations since it takes the polls as a litmus test of its popularity ahead of the next parliamentary polls.
Party insiders have said that the results of the upcoming city polls will have a strong impact on the next national election expected to be contested by Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
The electoral race begins with the Rangpur City Corporation as the Election Commission has already announced December 21 as the polling day.
Ruling party policymakers consider the city corporation polls as a dress rehearsal ahead of the final battle, slated for 2019.
The AL-backed candidate0 won the last RCC polls but faced defeat in other five city corporation polls — Barisal, Khulna, Sylhet, Gazipur and Rajshahi.
As the RCC polls draws nearer, the local government nomination board of the AL will hold a meeting at Ganabhaban, official residence of the prime minster and also the party president Sheikh Hasina, today at 7:00pm.
Insiders say that the party will sit for finalising the
mayoral candidate for the RCC polls.
AL presidium member Abdur Razzaque told New Age that they were working hard to make the party-backed candidate win the polls.
‘The result of Rangpur City Corporation will put a strong influence on other elections. So, the party will nominate the most competent mayoral candidate,’ Razzaque, also a member of the nomination board, said.
Referring to the meeting of the nomination board, he said candidates having clean image and contacts with the grassroots would get the party ticket for contesting the polls with the boat symbol.
AL insiders say that more than ten mayoral hopefuls are expecting the party nomination but the incumbent mayor Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhantu may get the nomination again.
Afzal Husain, information and research secretary of the party, told New Age that the party would select mayoral candidates on the basis of surveys and opinions of grassroots.
‘Our party won most of the local government elections held in recent years,’ he added.
The ruling party, which suffered defeat in the last elections to Barisal, Khulna, Sylhet, Gazipur and Rajshahi cities, wants to have the results in its favour this time to maintain continuity of the current pace of development, they say.
Elections to Gazipur, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Khulna and Barisal are likely to be held between December and April. 

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