Candidates intending to get party nominations to vying for mayoral and councillor posts in Dhaka south city and north city elections collected nomination forms from different parties on Thursday.
Incumbent Dhaka south city mayor Sayeed Khokon collected AL mayoral nomination form.
Besides, Bangladesh Nationalist Party central committee special secretary Asaduzzaman Ripon and executive committee member Tabith Awal collected the party’s nomination forms for vying for Dhaka north city mayoral post, while the party chairperson’s international affairs adviser and former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka’s son Ishraque Hossain collected nomination forms for contesting in Dhaka south city mayoral post on Thursday.
Jatiya Party’s presidium members Alamgir Shikder Loton and Hazi Saifuddin Ahmed Milon collected nomination forms for the mayoral post of the DSCC polls from the party on Thursday.
Earlier on Wednesday, eight mayoral aspirants collected nomination forms of Awami League to contest in the two Dhaka city corporation elections.
Of them, four aspirants seek the ruling party’s nominations for each of the two city corporations.
Ruling party lawmakers Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Haji M Selim, Muktijoddha Sangsad Central Command Council’s former secretary general MA Rashid, and Sheikh Rasel Jatiya Shishu Kishore Parishad advisor M Nazmul Haque seek nominations to contest in the election to Dhaka south city.
Incumbent Dhaka north city mayor M Atiqul Islam, Bangabandhu Foundation joint general secretary Shahidullah Osmani, the party’s Vasantek thana unit vice-president M Yead Ali Fakir and party activist M Jaman Bhuyan seek nominations to contest in the election of Dhaka South City Corporation.
The representatives of mayoral aspirants collected the forms from the party president’s political office in Dhanmondi.
The ruling party will continue its form distribution till today.
On Wednesday, retired army officer Kamrul Islam collected a nomination form from Jatiya Party to contest in Dhaka north.
As per the schedule, the last date for nomination paper submission is December 31, nomination paper scrutiny will be held on January 2 and the deadline for the withdrawal of candidature is January 9.
While visiting a bypass road in Narayanganj, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said that his party would not nominate any controversial person to contest in mayor and councillor posts for both Dhaka south and north cities.
After collecting nomination form, Sayeed Khokon said that in absence of his father prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina was his guardian.
‘I will contest in the polls if Sheikh Hasina nominates me,’ he said.
He was emotional during the time.
Asaduzzaman said, ‘We know that the election will not be free and fair. Even though, we are hopeful of victory. If we contest in the polls, slogans would be uttered for the party electoral symbol sheaf of paddy as well as for the release of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia.’
Tabith said that he was hopeful that the party would nominate him and that if he was nominated, he would contest the election by staying in the field.
He urged the election commission to refrain from using EVMs as common people did not have faith on EVMs.
Ishraque said that he collected nomination form as the party high command asked him to work for contesting in the DSCC election and he had already begun his activities to do so. ‘If I get party nomination, I would work for contesting the election as well as for the people of my area.’
Meanwhile, Election Commission asked the aspirant candidates and political parties to remove their election campaign materials, including posts, banners and hoardings, form the cities within midnight past Thursday.
The commission also asked the banks to keep branches in Dhaka open on Friday and Saturday to make sure that the candidates can deposit nomination fees.
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