The ruling Awami League on Friday started selling party’s nomination papers for the upcoming 11th parliamentary polls in a festive mood on the very first day.
Several hundred Awami League party leaders, most of whom young, gathered to buy party’s nomination form.
The Election Commission on Thursday announced the schedule for next general election amid protests by the opposition political parties.
The AL general secretary Obaidul Quader inaugurated the sale of nomination forms at AL president’s Dhanmondi political office around 10:00am by purchasing a nomination paper on behalf of the party president Sheikh Hasina.
Quader bought two forms for AL’s president Sheikh Hasina. Of which one was bought for contesting from Gopalganj-3 (Tungipara-Kotalipara). Later he handed over the forms to the AL’s religious affairs secretary Sheikh Abdullah.
Obaidul Quader said the name of the constituency for which the other form was bought would be disclosed later.
In his inauguration speech on the occasion, Quader also said the sale of nomination forms started amid huge enthusiasm shown by the party followers.
Responding to a query, he said the last date for sale of nomination form will be fixed after a meeting of AL Parliamentary Board to be held with its president Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
He also bought another form for speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury who would be contesting from Rangpur-6 and handed it over to the deputy speaker advocate Fazle Rabbi Miah.
Finance minister AMA Muhith and public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam respectively obtained forms for Sylhet-1 and Kishoreganj-1, while Bangladesh Nationalist Alliance convener Nazmul Huda, bought a form for Dhaka-17 constituency.
Several hundred nomination seekers and leaders and activists of the party gathered at Dhanmandi-3, office of the AL president Sheikh Hasina and were seen in a buoyant mood.
Later, AL joint secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif bought another form for AL general secretary Quader for Noakhali-5 constituency.
Sale of forms continued up to 10:00pm.
At 7:00pm the office secretary of the Abdus Sobhan Golap told reporters that 1700 forms were sold so far and five forms were deposited in the first day and it would continue up to Saturday.
Deputy office secretary Biplob Barua told New Age that forms sold included 206 for Dhaka division, 129 for Rangpur division, 195 for Khulna division, 78 for Sylhet, 221 for Chattogram, 184 for Rajshahi, 154 for Barisal and 161 for Mymemnsigh till the evening.
AL has fixed Tk 30,000 as the price for each nomination form.
A total of eight booths have been opened for the sale of forms.
The 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 23. According to the schedule, the last date for filing nomination papers for candidacy is November 19. The returning officers will scrutinise the nomination papers on November 22 while the last date for withdrawing candidacy is November 29.
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