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624 female aspirants collect AL nomination forms on first day

  • Published at 11:45 pm January 15th, 2019
Women reserved seats_Mehedi Hasan
A female aspirant for women reserved seats in the 11th parliament receives nomination paper from Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The ruling Awami League started selling nomination forms among the aspirants for the reserved seats for women from Tuesday morning

A total of 624 female aspirants have collected their nomination application forms for reserved seats for women in the 11th parliament from the ruling Awami League on the first day of sale.

The ruling Awami League started selling nomination forms among the aspirants for the reserved seats for women from Tuesday morning.

Confirming the matter, Awami League Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap said they started selling nomination papers at the rate of Tk30,000 from the party president's political office in Dhanmondi around 10am.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader inaugurated the sales of nomination forms by handing over nomination papers to aspirants Nargis Rahman, Khaleda Khanam, Shamim Sultana and Faridunnahar Laily. 

Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahabubul Alam Hanif, Organizing Secretary AKM Enamul Haque Shamim and Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap were present at the event. 

The sale will continue until January 18 (Friday) and the aspirants can purchase the nomination forms after depositing Tk30,000. 

The Election Commissionwill announce election schedule on February 17 for 50 reserved seats of the 11th parliament, exclusively for women.

To meet the requirements for proportional representation in parliament, the Awami League will get 43 reserved seats for women MPs whereas Jatiya Party will have four seats and BNP one, while other parties and the coalition of independent MPs will get the remaining two seats.

Contenders of reserved seats for women in the 11th parliament were seen waiting outside the party president's political office in Dhanmondi from early morning on Tuesday.

A gazette notification about the MPs elected to the 300 seats of the 11th parliament was published on January 1. 

The Election Commission has a legal obligation to arrange elections for the 50 women’s reserved seats within 90 days after publication of gazette of the general election results.

Directly-elected members of parliament are voters for the reserved seats in the parliament.

If the number of political party nominated candidates is equal to its proportionally reserved seats, the contenders will be declared elected unopposed immediately after the last date for withdrawal of candidacy.