A section of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association members on Thursday declared a new forum — Shadhinata Parishad — for participating in the upcoming BGMEA election to ensure voting rights of the members of the trade body.
The Parishad made the announcement at a press conference held in a city hotel on Thursday.
The Parishad announced a 9-member convener committee with Jahangir Alam as convener, fearing that existing two forum — Sammilita Parishad and Forum — might declare the new BGMEA board through negotiation.
In 2015, Sammilita Parishad and Forum had shared directorship posts at the apparel sector trade body among themselves without elections. That time, the both forums had decided to continue the practice for this tenure (2017-18) as well.
Shadinata Parishad convener Jahangir Alam said, ‘The activities of BGMEA are stagnant and inefficient as the leaders did not come through voting that usually makes the leaders accountable to its members.’
‘If the negotiation practice continues, it will ruin general members’ democratic rights of voting,’ he said.
He also said that the general members had been deprived of proper services and sometimes had faced harassment and negligence.
Jahangir said, ‘If less than 35 members participate in the election, the directors will be automatically selected. Therefore, we have come forward to participate in the election to ensure that the leaders to be chosen through voting.’
A total of 35 directors will be elected from the Dhaka and Chittagong zones in the polls to be held on March 7.
According to the election schedule, the nomination paper will have to be submitted by January 30 and the board will publish the final candidate list on February 6, said the officials of BGMEA.
The board will publish the final list of voters of the association on January 27.
Besides Jahangir, the other members of the convener committee of Shadhinata Parishad are Aminul Islam from Venix Bangladesh Ltd, Shahidur Rahman from NOVA Apparels Ltd, Golam Mawla Chowdhury from Parents Sweater Ltd, Omar Faruque from Alliance Apparels Ltd, Aysha Akter from Oymert Apparels Ltd, Mahmud Hossain from DK Global Fashion Ltd, Ansarul Alam Linkon from Azra Enterprise and Humayun Rashid from Olira Fashions Ltd.
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