POST TIME: 11 February, 2019 12:43:08 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 February, 2019 10:44:16 AM
AL names 122 for chairman posts
2nd phase of UZ‚Äąpolls

AL names 122 for chairman posts

The ruling Awami League yesterday announced the names of 122 candidates who will contest the upcoming second phase of upazila parishad (UZ) elections on March 18. All of them are fighting for the post of chairman in respective upazila parishads. Elections to 129 upazila parishads will be held in the second phase.

AL general secretary Obaidul Quader announced the names of party candidates at a press conference at Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office in the city. Names of nominees for the remaining seven upazilas for the second phase will be announced later, he added.

“The members of AL local government nomination board unanimously finalized the names of the 122 chairman candidates. We finalized our candidates based on survey reports,” he said.   

Replying to a question over allegations of nominating relatives of war criminals as party candidates, the AL general secretary said, “We will investigate further in this regard.” He added that his party had chosen candidates only for the post of upazila chairman. The vice-chairman's posts will be open

to all. The names of candidates for the third and fourth phases will be announced on February 22 and February 23 respectively, he added.

Replying to a question over the upcoming Dhaka North City Corporation elections, Quader said they want a competitive election. “We are very much optimistic about our party candidate’s victory in the DNCC polls,” he added. By-polls to DNCC will be held on February 28.

Earlier on Saturday, the AL announced the names of chairmen candidates for the first phase of upazila parishad elections in 87 upazilas scheduled to be held on March 10. The last date of submitting nomination papers for the first phase of UZ polls is February 11 and that of withdrawal is February 19.

The Election Commission had earlier said the fifth upazila parishad elections will be held in five phases from March 10. The first upazila parishad election was held in 1985, while the following three were held in 1990, 2009 and 2014. The last one was organised in six phases.

The first phase of the local body polls will be held in all upazilas of Panchagarh, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur in Rangpur division, all upazilas in Jamalpur and all upazilas in Netrakona, except Atpara in Mymensingh division, all upazilas in Sunamganj, except Jagannathpur and all upazilas in Habiganj, except Shayestaganj, in Sylhet division, and all upazilas in Sirajganj, Joypurhat, Natore and Rajshahi in Rajshahi division.

In the second phase, elections will be held in all the upazilas under Thakurgaon, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Bogura, Naogaon, Pabna, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Gopalganj, Faridpur, Rangamati, Bandarban, Khagrachhari districts, seven upazilas in Chattogram district, Hatiya upazila of Noakhali and Chakria upazila of Cox’s Bazar.