Amid the threat from the BNP-led 18-party alliance to resist the 10th parliamentary elections, more than 50% candidates are set to be elected unopposed as there are no contenders in their respective constituencies.
So far, 151 candidates are set to declared elected unopposed for the 10th parliamentary election slated for January 5, 2014.
However, the Election Commission officials yesterday said the number of candidates who are set to be elected unopposed may increase. They said the returning officers are supposed to publish notifications on Sunday declaring the lone candidates elected unofficially across the country.
The candidates elected unopposed is going to be a record in the upcoming election as the previous highest was in the controversial February 15 election in 1996 when 49 candidates were elected uncontested.
Of the total 151 candidates who are set to be elected unopposed 127 are from Awami league, 18 from Jatiya Party and three from Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), two from Workers Party of Bangladesh and one from Anwar Hossain Manju-led Jatiya Party.
In the sixth parliamentary elections held on February 15 in 1996, some 49 candidates of BNP were elected as MP uncontested. BNP won 279 seats out of 290. Elections to 10 parliamentary constituencies were not held due to unavoidable circumstances.
On January 22 in 2007 election, 18 candidates of BNP were elected uncontested. But the election was cancelled after the emergency was promulgated.
In the fourth parliamentary election in 1988 a total of 18 candidates were elected unopposed. Eight political parties participated in the polls while there were 1192 candidates.
In the second general elections in 1979 a total of 2547 candidates participated in the elections while 11 were elected uncontested.
In the first parliamentary election in 1973, 11 Awami league candidates were elected unopposed.
The Awami League candidates expected to be declared as lawmaker uncontested are Dabirul Islam (Thakurgaon-2), Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury (Dinajpur-2), Asaduzzaman Nur (Nilphamari-2), Naruzzaman Ahmed (Lalmonirhat-2), Abul Kalam Md Ahsanul Haque Chowdhury (Rangpur-2), AN Ashiqur Rahman (Rangpur-5), Fazle Rabbi Miah (Gaibanda-5), Shamshul Alam Dudu (Joypurhat-1), Abu Sayed Al Mahmud Swapan (Joypurhat-2), Abdul Mannan (Bogra-1), Habibur Rahman (Bogra-5), Golam Rabbani (Chapainawabganj-1), Abdul Wadud (Chapainawabganj-3), Shadhan Chandra Majumder (Noagaon-1), Shahiduzzaman Sarkar (Noagaon-2), Israfil Alam (Noagaon-6), Omar Faruk Chowdhury (Rajshahi-1), Enamul Haque (Rajshahi-4), Abdul Wadud (Rajshahi-5), Abul Kalam (Natore-1), Shafiqul Islam Shimul (Natore-2), Abdul Kuddus (Natore-4), Mohammad Nasim (Sirajganj-1), Habib-e-Millat (Sirajganj-2), Ishaque Hossain Talukder (Sirajganj-3), Tanvir Imam (Sirajganj-4), Hasibur Rahman Swapan (Sirajganj-6), Khandkar Azizul Haque Arzu (Pabna-2), Shamsur Rahman Sharif (Pabna-4), Golam Faruk Khandkar Prince (Pabna-5), Sheikh Afil Uddin (Jessore-1), Kazi Nabil Ahmed (Jessore-3), Kabirul Haque (Norail-1), Sheikh Helal Uddin (Bagerhat-1), Mir Shawkat Ali Badsha (Bagerhat-2), Talukder Abdul Khaleque (Bagerhat-3), SM Mostafa Rashidi (Khulna-4), Narayan Chandra (Khulna-5), Nurul Haque (Khulna-6), AFM Ruhal Haque (Satkhira-3), HM Jaglul Haider (Satkhira-4), Tofail Ahmed (Bhola-1), Abdullah Al-Islam Jacob (Bhola-4), Abul Hasnat Abdullah (Barisal-1), Shawkat Hossain (Barisal-5), Amir Hossain Amu (Jhalakati-2), AKMA Awal/Saidur Rahman (Pirozpur-1), ASM Firoze (Patuakhali-2), Mahbubur Rahman (Patuakhali-4), Abdur Razzak (Tangail-1), Amanur Rahman Rana (Tangail-3), Abdul Latif Siddiqui (Tangail-4), Ekabbar Hossain (Tangail-7), Shawkat Momen Shahjahan (Tangail-8), Mirza Azam (Jamalpur-3), Promod Mankin (Mymensingh-1), Sharif Ahmed (Mymensingh-2), Anwarul Abedin Khan Tuhin (Mymensingh-9), Rebeca Momen (Netrakona-4), Wareshat Hossain Belal (Netrakona-5), Syed Ashraful Islam (Kishoreganj-1), Sohrab Uddin (Kishoreganj-2), Redwan Ahmed Tawfik (Kishoreganj-4), Afzal Hossain (Kishoreganj-5), Nazmul Hasan (Kishoreganj-6), Momtaz Begum (Manikganj-2), Jahid Malek (Manikganj-3) and Mrinal Kandi Das (Munshiganj-3).
They also include Qamrul Islam (Dhaka-2), Nasrul Hamid (Dhaka-3), Saber Hossain Chowdhury (Dhaka-9), Sheikh Fazle Nur Taposh (Dhaka-10), AK Rahmat Ullah (Dhaka-11), Asaduzzaman Khan (Dhaka-12), Jahangir Kabir Nanak (Dhaka-13), Aslamul Haque (Dhaka-14), Dr Enamur Rahman (Dhaka-19), MA Malek (Dhaka-20), AKM Mozammel Haque (Gazipur-1), Jahid Hasan Russell (Gazipur-2), Advocate Rahmat Ali (Gazipur-3), Meher Afroze Chumki (Gazipur-5), Nurul Majid Mahmud Humaiyun (Narsingdi-4), Razi Uddin Ahmed (Narsingdi-5), Nazrul Islam Babu (Narayanganj-2), Shamim Osman (Narayanganj-4), Kazi Keramat Ali (Rajbari-1), Zillur Hakim (Rajbari-2), Abdur Rahman (Faridpur-1), Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury (Faridpur-2), Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain (Faridpur-3), Nur-e Alam Chowdhury (Madaripur-1), Shahjahan Khan (Madaripur-2), AFM Bahauddin Nasim (Madaripur-3), BM Mozammel Haque (Shariatpur-1), Shawkat Ali (Shariatpur-2), Nahim Razzak (Shariatpur-3), Suranjit Sengupta (Sunamganj-2), AMA Muhith (Sylhet-1), Mahmudus Samad Chowdhury (Sylhet-3), Nurul Islam Nahid (Sylhet-6), Syed Mohsin Ali (Molvibazar-3), Abdus Shahid (Molvibazar-4), Anisul Haque (Brahmanbaria-4), AB Tajul Islam (Brahmanbaria-6), Prof Ali Ashraf (Comilla-7), AHM Mostafa Kamal Lotus (Comilla-10), Mujibul Haque (Comilla-11), Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir (Chandpur-1), Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya (Chandpur-2), Dr Dipu Moni (Chandpur-3), Dr Mohammad Shamsul Haque Bhuiyan (Chandpur-4), Maj (retd) Rafiqul Islam (Chandpur-5), Nizam Uddin Hazari (Feni-2), HM Ibrahim (Noakhali-1), Morshed Alam (Noakhali-2), Mamunur Rashid Kiron (Noakhali-3), Ekramul Karim Chowdhury (Noakhali-4), Obaidul Quader (Noakhali-5), AKM Shahjahan Kamal (Laxmipur-3), Eng. Mosharraf Hossain (Chittagong-1), ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury (Chittagong-6), Mohammad Hasan Mahmud (Chittagon-7), Afsarul Amin (Chittagong-10), Nazrul Islam Chowdhury (Chittagong-14), Ashekullah Rafik (Cox’s Bazar-2) and Saimum Sarwar Kamal (Cox’s Bazar-3).
The 18 Jatiya Party candidates to be elected uncontested are Roushown Ershad (Mymensingh-4) ,Tajul Islam Chowdhury (Kurigram-2), AKM Maidul Islam (Kurigram-3), Shariful Islam Jinnah (Bogra-2), Nurul Islam Talukder (Bogra-3), Nurul Islam Omar (Bogra-6), Salauddin Ahmed Mukti (Mymensingh-5), Liakat Hossain Khoka (Narayanganj-3) and Nasim Osman (Narayanganj-5), Peer Fazlur Rahman (Sunamganj-4), Selim Uddin (Sylhet-5), Abdul Munim Chowdhury (Habiganj-1), Amir Hossain (Comilla-2), Nurul Islam Milon (Comilla-8) and Mohammad Noman (Laxmipur-2), Nasrin Jahan Ratna, wife of JP secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader (Barisal-6), Anisul Islam Mahmud (Chittagong-5) and Md Illius (Cox’s Bazar-1).
The three JSDS candidates are Hasanul Haque Inu (Kushtia-2), Shirin Akter (Feni-1) and Moinuddin Khan Badal (Chittagong-8).
The two Workers’ party candidates are Rashed Khan Menon (Dhaka-8) and Fazle Hossain Badsha (Rajshahi-2).
The lone Jatiya Party (Manju) candidate is Anwar Hossain Monju (Pirozpur-2).