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Awami League likely to announce its candidates in a week

Decides to push candidates in all 300 constituencies

Update : 17 Nov 2018, 08:39 PM

The ruling Awami League is likely to announce the names of its candidates for the 11th general election in a week.

The party is in the last phase of finalizing its candidates with only a month in hand for the general election scheduled to be held on December 30.

Awami League is very optimistic about winning the next election and is trying to select the strongest available candidates to help fuel a drive for a third consecutive term in office.

Senior leaders of the party said a survey report of nomination seekers has already been completed and the names of the candidates will be declared in a week or along with their alliance partners.

Awami League has conducted several surveys with the help of local law enforcement agencies and foreign survey institutes to gauge the voter popularity of aspiring candidates.

Election to be toughest with Oikya Front in race

Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has repeatedly said that this time the Awami League will nominate popular and winnable candidates considering the next election to be the toughest, as it has to face Jatiya Oikya Front candidates.

With the party chief Khaleda Zia only eight months into a five-year jail sentence on a fraud case, and her son, acting BNP chairman Tarique Rahman exiled to London, the BNP opposition is reportedly planning to join forces with other like-minded parties and participate in the election under the Jatiya Oikya Front banner.

Awami League leaders and activists are confident of winning the election, thanks to the party’s successful journey and consecutive election victories. 

A total of 4023 aspiring candidates are eyeing nominations, hoping to ride on the Awami League’s popularity. 

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader said his party is now studying survey reports of nomination seekers and will finalize the candidates within one or two days, adding that the Awami League will declare the names of 300 candidates.

Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said: “We are now going through the survey reports of possible candidates. But we have not yet started anything formally. We are hoping to finish the study soon. It will take another 2-3 days to finalize the candidates.” 

Quader, secretary and member of the Awami League Parliamentary Board, said: “We have already discussed the selection of party candidates in two official meetings, but we are regularly discussing the matter informally at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban.”

Awami League parliamentary board member, lieutenant colonel (retd) Mohammad Faruk Khan, told the Dhaka Tribune that Awami League’s candidates will be finalized this week and names will be declared in the last week of November.

“We hope our alliance partners will also finalize their candidates before November 25. We are looking forward to declaring candidate names together with them,” said Faruk Khan. 

Awami League Parliamentary board member Romesh Chandra Sen said the Awami League is likely to declare its candidates very soon. 

“We will make a list of 300 candidates on Saturday (November 18) and hope to declare it on November 20,” he said.

Though the Awami League is going to push candidates in all 300 constituencies, it will withdraw some of them if its alliance members promote their candidates in any constituency, he added.

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