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Hectic lobbying for women’s reserved seats in JS
AL nomination forms go on sale from today
Abu Jakir, Dhaka

Hectic lobbying for women’s reserved seats in JS

Women leaders of the Awami League (AL) and its different associate bodies (women) have started lobbying with party ministers and influential leaders to get tickets to contest for the 50 parliamentary seats reserved for women. According to AL president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office, hundreds of women leaders of the party have been making a beeline for the party office, Gana Bhaban, PM’s official residence and her office to get the much-coveted party tickets.

Some of them are submitting CVs with their political career to the party office secretary, Abdus Sobhan Golap, while some are lobbying with  members of different law enforcement agencies, so that they submit positive reports about them to the party chief Sheikh Hasina, insiders said.

Talking to this correspondent, AL central leaders said this time many new faces might get tickets to contest for the 50 parliamentary seats reserved for women.

AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif told The Independent yesterday that the party’s parliamentary board, headed by AL president Sheikh Hasina, will finalise nominations for the reserved seats. “Women leaders with a colorful political career and who have dedication for the party will get tickets this time,” he said.

AL presidium member Lt. Col. (Retd) Muhammad Faruk Khan said popular, dedicated and committed women leaders of the party will get the party nod to contest for the reserved seats.

When contacted, an aspirant, Nasrin Sultana, organising secretary of the Bangladesh Mahila Awami League, told this

correspondent yesterday that she is lobbying hard with the party’s central leaders, as well as trying to reach party chief Sheikh Hasina, to get a ticket for running the race.

“I am trying hard to get the party’s, mainly Sheikh Hasina’s nod. But those who are dedicated should get nomination,” she said.

Another aspirant, Ismat Ara Happy, organising secretary of the Bangladesh Mahila Awami League said she is lobbying with the party high-ups to get the party’s nod.

“We have worked for the party during bad times. Party high-ups should give nomination scrutinising our political career,” he said.

The ruling party will begin to sell nomination forms for aspirants to its 43 reserved seats (women) in the 11th Parliament from today (Tuesday). The aspirants will have to collect the forms from the AL president’s Dhanmondi political office in the city.

According to the Election Commission sources, the commission is likely to announce the election schedule for 50 parliamentary seats exclusively reserved for women on February 17.  

The Election Commission has a legal obligation to arrange the polls to the 50 reserved seats within 90 days after the gazette of the general election results is published. If the number of nominated candidates by a political party is equal to its reserved seats, the contenders will be declared elected unopposed immediately after the last date for withdrawal of candidacy.

The directly-elected members of Parliament are the voters of the election.

The reserved seats’ distribution will reflect the seat share in the directly elected 300 constituencies. According to the proportional representation in Parliament, the Awami League will get women MPs from 43 reserved seats, Jatiya Party from 4 seats, BNP from one, and others will fill up the last two.

Out of the 300 parliamentary constituencies across the country, the Awami League won in 257 constituencies, while the Jatiya Party in 22 seats, BNP in six, the Workers’ Party in three, Gano Forum, Jasod and Bikalpadhara two seats each, Tarikat Federation and JP one each in the 11th general election.

Besides, independent candidates were elected in three constituencies in the polls held on December 30 last. One remaining constituency will go to polls on January 27, as the election there was postponed following the death of a candidate.