49 Nominations submitted for women’s reserved seats
Arafat Hasan of DOT
At least forty-nine nominations have been submitted for the 50 reserved seats in the 11th national parliament.
Although the BNP qualified for one seat, it was left vacant in accordance with the rules for allocation as it is still undecided whether the party’s MPs will take their seats in parliament.
Meanwhile, members of the ruling Awami League and other parties represented in parliament as well as an independent candidate have already submitted their nominations. The 49 nominees will all receive their seats unopposed if they do not withdraw their nominations by February 16.
Awami League Secretary General Obaidul Quader submitted 43 nominations on behalf of his party, while the Jatiya Party submitted four, the Workers Party one and an independent candidate another.
Yesterday was the final date for nomination paper submission. The returning officer handed over the 49 nomination papers to Election Commission Joint Secretary Abul Kashem in the presence of the nominees.
Even though March 4 has been set as the date for voting in the reserve seat election, the limited number of nominees means that there might be is no need for polls.