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Awami League starts interviewing nomination aspirants

  • Published at 02:15 pm November 14th, 2018
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Aspiring candidates collect nomination forms at the Awami League president's Dhanmondi office on Friday Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The meeting’s venue was shifted from the party’s Dhanmondi office to the Ganabhaban

The Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) has begun interviewing nomination-seekers at the Ganabhaban.

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina is presiding over the interview session that began around 11am on Wednesday—previously slated to be held at the party’s Dhanmondi office.

Party General Secretary Obaidul Quader arrived at their Dhanmondi office around 10am and requested all to proceed to the Ganabhaban for the interviews, Awami League’s Office Secretary, Abdus Sobhan, confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune. 

The ruling Awami League started selling nomination forms on November 8—a day after the Election Commission had announced the schedule for the general election.

The ruling party increased the price of nomination papers from Tk25,000 to Tk30,000 for this election.

Despite the rise, a total of 4,023 nomination seekers collected forms. 

The parliamentary selection board includes: Sheikh Hasina, Obaidul Quader, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Syed Ashraful Islam, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Kazi Zafarullah, Dr Alauddin Ahmed, Rashidul Alam, Dr Abdur Razzaque, and Lt Col (retd) Faruk Khan.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday, the 12-member board will meet again around 3pm on Thursday regarding the nominations.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader requested all officials concerned to attend the meeting.

When is the election?

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday announced a fresh schedule for the parliamentary election.

The commission said the polls will now be held on December 30 instead of December 23.

He said the deadline for submitting nomination papers is November 28 instead of November 19.