Singer Kanak Chapa has secured BNP’s nomination to contest from Sirajganj-1 constituency in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the BNP, declared her candidacy at a press briefing in BNP’s Gulshan office this afternoon.
Her arch contestant will be Awami League’s presidium member and senior politician Mohammad Nasim, whose father was a prime minister of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s cabinet.
There were two other BNP aspirants from this seat – Nazmul Hassan Talukdar and Selim Reza (initially declared illegal) – who will now have to withdraw their candidacy.
ABOUT THE CONSTITUENCY
Sirajganj-1 constituency comprises of Kazipur Upazila and Mechra, Ratankandi, Bagbati, Chongacha, and Bahuli Unions of Sirajganj Sadar.
It has a voter base of 345,676, according to the Election Commission, with greater number of female voters, 173,952, than male voters, 171,724.
The other candidates vying for this constituency are Al-Amin Siraji from Islami Andolan Bangladesh and an independent candidate Tanvir Shakil Joy.
WHEN IS THE ELECTION?
The 11th general election will be held on December 30. It was deferred once by the Election Commission upon demands from the opposition political parties.
As per the polls schedule, the deadline for filing the nomination papers was November 28. Since then, the commission has been engaged in hearing appeals of rejected candidates.
After December 9, the last date for nomination withdrawal, the commission will allot polls symbols to contestant and open the field for campaigning.