02:05 PM, December 07, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:14 PM, December 07, 2018

Oikyafront postpones announcement of contenders’ final list

Jatiya Oikyafront has postponed its schedule of announcing the final list of candidates for contesting in the upcoming general election.

“We postponed the announcement due to unavoidable circumstances,” Latiful Bari Hamim, a staff of Oikyafront’s media wing, told The Daily Star today.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday told reporters that the final list of the alliance would be announced today.

He informed this after a meeting of the alliance’s election steering committee at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber.

Fakhrul also announced that the Oikyafront would unveil its election manifesto on December 17.


The Jatiya Oikyafront is an alliance of the BNP, Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, ASM Abdur Rab's Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, and Mahmudur Rahman Manna's Nagorik Oikya.

The Oikyafront was formed on October 13 with the demands of a national election under a neutral government after dissolution of parliament and release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.


Formed with major political oppositions to ruling alliance, the Oikyafront includes ruling Awami League’s arch opposition BNP.

Currently, they are campaigning with a seven-point charter including freedom for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and election under a nonpartisan government.


The 11-point goal announced by the alliance includes ensuring checks and balances in the state power, decentralisation of administration, freeing MPs from the stringent restrictions imposed on them under article 70 of the constitution, formation of a constitutional commission to make appointments to all constitutional and other important posts and full independence of the judiciary.

The alliance also announced a seven-point demand, including the one for holding the next parliamentary election under a nonpartisan government, dissolution of parliament before the polls and reconstitution of the Election Commission.

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