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LOCAL GOVT BODY POLLS

AL ends form sale, BNP sets candidate selection method 

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:30, Sep 21,2020

 
 

Ruling Awami League has completed sales of nomination forms for the elections and by-elections to some local government bodies while opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has formulated its candidate selection methods.

Aspirants collected the Awami League’s nomination forms from its president’s political office at Dhanmondi till Sunday evening, AL deputy office secretary Sayem Khan told New Age.

He said that the number of people who collected nomination forms would be known today.

According to the Election Commission, three zila parishads, nine upazila parishads and 61 union parishads are scheduled to go to polls or by-polls on different days in the next month.

The BNP asked its grassroots committees to form bodies as per some prescribed-instructions to propose names of candidates for the elections, said a BNP press release.

According to AL leaders, the party took a hard-line in selling the nomination forms in the wake of the recent mass sales of nomination forms for five parliamentary by-elections.

People recommended by respective district party presidents and general secretaries were only allowed to procure AL nomination forms this time, they said.

Sayem Khan said that a meeting of the AL’s local government nomination board would be held today with AL president Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her official Ganabhaban residence.

The party will finalise its candidates for the polls and by-polls from the meeting, he said.

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