AL to step up campaign in next 2 weeks
Hossen Sohel of DOT
The ruling Awami League is preparing to beef up electioneering across the country in the next two weeks before the Election Commission announces the schedule of the upcoming parliamentary polls, reports The Daily Star.
The secretary to the EC Secretariat said the schedule would be announced in the first week of next month.
The electoral code of conduct will take effect with the announcement of the schedule imposing restriction on electioneering by parties and their MP candidates.
The electioneering can be resumed after the finalisation of candidacies, and allocation of electoral symbol to the candidates by returning officers. The electioneering may continue amid various restrictions for maximum three weeks before the election.
As there is no restriction on the electioneering now, the AL wants to ensure maximum utilisation of this opportunity.
Grassroots leaders and activists from the party have already launched extensive campaigns in their areas with the use of posters, placards and billboards highlighting development activities of the government, according to field reports sent by our correspondents in different districts. The leaders were doing those on their own.
They are also holding indoor and outdoor meetings and mass contact programmes to persuade voters, the reports say.
According to its current plan, the ruling party wants to start distributing around 30 lakh colourful posters to grassroots leaders from this week. Those posters would be hanged in electoral areas in upazilas and districts. On an average, each of the 300 parliamentary constituencies would get 10,000 posters.
The party also directed its grassroots leaders to carry out mass contact programmes highlighting the government’s successes, a number of AL leaders said.