BNP to start interview of election hopefuls Sunday

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 17,2018 | Updated: 00:52, Nov 17,2018

 
 

Bangladesh Nationalist Party's nomination seekers gather in front of party’s Nayapaltan central office in the capital on Friday. -- UNB photo

Bangladesh Nationalist Party is set to start interviewing its nomination hopefuls for the 11th parliamentary election from Sunday.
The party nomination board will finalise the candidates who will contest the elections with its tickets.
The BNP’s nomination board will comprise of the party standing committee members.
The board will take the interview at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office on Friday.
BNP sold 4,112 nomination papers among the aspirants who want to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets and 1,107 forms were submitted as of Thursday.
Rizvi said the interview will start with those who bought party nomination forms for Rangpur division’s Panchagar-1 constituency.
Besides, the interviews of the nomination seekers of Rajshahi division will also take place on the same day, while of Khulna and Barisal on Monday, Chattogram, Comilla and Sylhet are scheduled for Tuesday and Mymensingh, Faridpur region and Dhaka for Wednesday.
BNP urged the presidents and secretaries of the city, district and upazila units under the respective divisions to be present during the interview.
The main political opposition started selling nomination papers among the aspirants from its Naya Paltan central office on Monday as the Election Commission deferred the date of the upcoming national election to December 30 from December 23.
BNP later extended the date of nomination form distribution till Friday.
The party formally started the nomination paper sale with the purchase of three nomination papers for its jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The nomination sale ended Friday night.
BNP’s nomination sale created a huge euphoria among thousands of party activists who gathered there.
BNP office hummed with activities after a break of 10 years on this occasion.
Thousands of leaders and activists swarmed in and around the BNP central office to purchase and submit nomination forms on the last day (Friday).
Following the Election Commission’s announcement of fresh reschedule for the 11th parliamentary elections, the polls will be held on December 30 instead of December 23 and the last date for submission of nomination papers is November 28 instead of November 19.
BNP formed a three-member committee headed by standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain to negotiate the sharing of seats with the allies in the Jatiya Oikya Front and BNP-led 20-party alliance.
The committee that also include BNP standing committee member Miza Abbas and Nazrul Islam Khan is tasked with studying thoroughly the party’s position in each of the 300 constituencies, the party leaders said.
Jatiya Oikya Front’s three registered parties and BNP-led alliance’s eight registered parties will use BNP’s electoral symbol ‘sheaf of paddy’ in the 11th parliamentary elections.

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