Awami League today announced names of the party’s chairman contenders for the second phase of upazila parishad elections in 122 of 129 upazilas scheduled to be held on March 18.
The names of the candidates in the remaining seven upazilas for the second phase will be announced later, reports our staff correspondent.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader announced the names at a press conference at the party President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office in Dhaka this noon.
“The party’s 19-member nomination board has finalised the names of the chairman candidates for the second phase of the upazila parishad polls,” Quader said.
The names of the candidates for the third and fourth phases will be announced on February 22 and February 23 respectively, he added.
Earlier yesterday, Awami League announced names of the party’s chairman contenders for the first phase of upazila parishad elections in 87 upazilas scheduled to be held on March 10.
Besides, the vice chairman posts in the election will remain open to all, Quader said while announcing the names of the party’s candidates for upazila parishad polls yesterday.
After announcing the names, Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, called upon all chairman candidates to work in their respective upazilas to secure victory in the election.
The first upazila parishad election was held in 1985, while the following three were held in 1990, 2009 and 2014. The last one was organised in six phases.
How many phases of the UZ polls will be held?
The Election Commission on February 3 announced that the fifth upazila parishad polls would be held in five phases.
The election to 87 upazila parishads in 12 districts under Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions will be held in the first phase on March 10.
The first phase of the local body polls will be held on March 10 in all upazilas of Panchagarh, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur under Rangpur division, all upazilas in Jamalpur and all upazilas in Netrakona except Atpara under Mymensingh division, all upazilas in Sunamganj except Jagannathpur and all upazilas in Habiganj except Shayestaganj under Sylhet division, and all upazilas in Sirajganj, Joypurhat, Natore and Rajshahi under Rajshahi division.
The second phase of the election is slated for March 18, the third for March 24, the fourth for March 31 and the fifth for June 18.
In the second phase, the local government elections will be held in all the upazilas under Thakurgaon, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Bogura, Naogaon, Pabna, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Gopalganj, Faridpur, Rangamati, Bandarban, Khagrachhari districts, seven upazilas under Chattogram district, Hatiya upazila of Noakhali and Chakria upazila of Cox’s Bazar.
The last date for submitting nomination papers is February 11, while that of withdrawal is February 19. The scrutiny of those will be held on February 12.