The election schedule of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association has finally been announced on Sunday.
As per the schedule, polls for electing 35 directors of the trade body would be held on April 6.
The election board of BGMEA announced February 28 as the last date for submitting nomination papers for the candidates while March 6 as the last date for withdrawal of candidature.
The elections of office bearers would be held on April 18 and the new board would take office of the trade body on April 21.
Traditionally, two panels — Sammilita Parishad and Forum — contest the BGMEA elections but this year a section of the members of the trade body declared a new platform named Shadhinata Parishad for vying in the upcoming elections of the trade body.
The current board under the leadership of its president, Md Siddiqur Rahman, assumed office on September 22, 2015 for a two-year term through a negotiation process with the rival panel.
As per the negotiation, Siddiqur-led Sammilita Parishad holds 19 posts of directorship and Forum 16 posts.
Although the tenure of the board was two years, the incumbents remain in office for more than three and a half years as the government extended their tenure thrice.
During the negotiation in 2015, both Sammilita Parishad and Forum agreed in principle that Forum would get the post of president of the trade body for the next tenure.
As per the negotiation, Forum is supposed to assume the office of BGMEA for the next term.
According to the sector people, Rubana Huq, managing director of Mohammadi Group, is the president candidate from Forum.
Shadinata Parishad convener Jahangir Alam has already started campaigning for the next elections.
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