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32 Awami League aspirants running for each seat

  • 1,549 have collected party nomination forms against 48 seats
  • The ruling party has Tk7.74 crore in its coffers


Update : 09 Feb 2024, 11:39 AM

The ruling Awami League has had a record response from women aspirants for the reserved seats in the 12th parliament.

As many as 1,549 have collected party nomination forms against 48 seats. It means 32 aspirants are running for each seat.

Apart from Awami League leaders and activists, social workers, celebrities, film actors, and candidates from several professional arenas collected the nomination forms, which are worth Tk50,000 each. Through this, the ruling party has Tk7.74 crore in its coffers.

In the 11th parliament, a total of 1,510 female candidates collected the Awami League’s nomination forms. At the time, the price of the form was Tk30,000.

The party will nominate 48 out of 50 seats in the 12th parliament since the independent MPs have given up their 10 seats to the Awami League.

The sale and submission of nomination forms continued from Tuesday until Thursday. The party will declare its candidates next Wednesday.

Party sources said women leaders of the Awami Legue’s Central Working Committee, family members of central leaders and Liberation War martyrs, senior politicians who were active during the time of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and some celebrities will be given nominations this time.

As part of its practice, the Awami League this time too will pick new faces, along with some from the 11th parliament.

Questioned on the matter, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said the nominations will be finalized on February 14 at a meeting of the party’s nomination board to be chaired by party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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