The ruling Awami League on Saturday finalised its candidates for the elections to 25 municipalities and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party will announce the names of its contestants in two days.
Each of the selected candidates were given a letter of the party’s general secretary for submitting it along with their nomination papers to the Election Commission for the elections slated for December 28, said AL office secretary Biplob Barua.
BNP organising secretary Syed Imran Saleh Prince, also in-charge of the central office, said that the party would conclude sales of nomination papers today and the candidates for the elections would be finanlised within a day or two.
Both the AL and BNP started selling nomination papers for the civic body polls on November 24 and the AL concluded its sales on Friday.
On November 22, the Election Commission announced the schedule for the elections to the 25 municipalities.
Out of 329 municipalities in the country, elections to 259 municipalities would be held in five phases starting on December 28, when the 25 municipalities will go to the polls.
According to the schedule, the last date for filing nomination papers for the elections to the 25 municipalities is December 1 and the last date for withdrawing nomination papers is December 10.
The municipalities are Panchagarh sadar, Pirganj of Thakurgaon, Fulbari of Dinajpur, Badarganj of Rangpur, Kurigram sadar, Puthia of Rajshahi, Shahajadpur of Sirajganj, Chatmohor of Pabna, Khoksa of Kustia, Chuadanga sadar, Chalna of Khulna, Betagi of Barguna, Kuakata of Patuakhali, Ujirpur and Bakerganj of Barishal, Gafargaon of Mymensingh, Madan of Netrokona, Manikganj sadar, Dhamrai of Dhaka, Sreepur of Gazipur, Derai of Sunamganj, Barlekha of Moulvibazar, Shayestaganj of Habiganj and Sitakunda of Chattogram.
EC officials said that the elections to rest of the municipalities would be held by May.
They said that 259 municipalities would be eligible for elections by May 2021 as the commission last held elections to the municipalities on December 30, 2015 and most of the elected mayors took oaths in January 2016.
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