Bangladesh Awami League (AL) on Tuesday nominated Atiqul Islam, a former president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), to contest the mayoral by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) slated for February 26 next.
The nomination was finalised at a meeting of the AL Local Government Election Nomination Board held at Ganabhaban, the official residence of the Prime Minister on Tuesday night.
AL Local Government Election Nomination Chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting.
"The meeting unanimously nominated Atiqul Islam for contesting the mayoral by-polls to the DNCC," Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader told a press briefing after the meeting.
He said a total of 18 party aspirants, including two women, collected nomination forms to contest the by-polls to the DNCC.
AL Local Government Nomination Board members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Muhammad Faruk Khan, Dr Abdur Razzak and Dr Dipu Moni, and AL Office Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap were present at the press briefing.
The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant following the death of Annisul Huq on November 30 last year.
Quader said all the 18 persons who sought the party nomination are qualified persons. "We're deeply impressed with their brilliance and talents. But, we've given nomination to one and which was very difficult and challenging for us," he said.
The AL general secretary said there was no split opinion among the nomination board members and the nomination board has taken a unanimous decision in giving nomination.
"Our nomination board chairperson finally approved the decision," he said.
Quader said considering all aspects, the nomination board has chosen Atiqul Islam for the DNCC mayoral by-polls. "He is a member of respected family and a man of clean image...his name was not included in Panama or Paradise scams," he said.
Later, Atiqul Islam thanked Prime Minister and AL Local Government Nomination Board Chairperson Sheikh Hasina and other members of the board for giving him nomination.
He also urged all to work for ensuring the victory of boat, the symbol of the ruling Awami League.
"Let's come to prove that the "boat" could advance the country and turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041 under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he said.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on January 9 last announced the schedule for the DNCC mayoral by-polls and fresh councilour polls for new wards.
According to the schedule, the last date for submitting nominations is January 18. Scrutiny of nominations will take place on January 21 and 22, and the last date for withdrawal is January 29.
Along with the by-election for the mayoral post, councillor elections for 36 new wards added to the DNCC and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) as well as 12 wards of reserved seats for women will be held on February 26 next.