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Oikyafront to announce final list of candidates tomorrow

To unveil election manifesto Dec 17

The Jatiya Oikyafront will announce its final list of candidates for the 11th parliamentary election scheduled for December 30.

The newly floated alliance, led by Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain, will also formally unveil its election manifesto on December 17.

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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the announcement while talking to reporters after a meeting of the alliance’s election steering committee at Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber this evening.

Responding to a query about postponement of the Oikyafront’s December 10 Dhaka rally, he said the programme was cancelled on political ground.

“We will hold the rally in the capital at the fag-end of the election campaign in favour of their alliance candidates,” he said.

Earlier, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced that Jatiya Oikyafront wants to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on December 10 ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.


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.


The 11th general election will be held on December 30.

As per the polls schedule, the deadline for filing the nomination papers was November 28.

The authorities have fixed December 2 for scrutiny and December 9 the last date for nomination withdrawal.

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