Ruling Awami League on Saturday started selling nomination paper among intending mayoral candidates for the by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
The by-election will be held under a partisan manner to go by a provision of the local government law.The government amended the local government law in 2015 paving way for registered political parties to nominate mayoral candidates for contesting polls with party symbols.
The form selling process began at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political office in the capital.
Representatives of former president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Atiqul Islam bought nomination paper in the afternoon.
Among others, Russel Asheki, Adam Tamiz Haq, Monipur School and College principal Farhad Hossain and former principal of a college in Dhaka Shah Alam too bought nomination papers.
The ruling party will sell nomination papers till January 15.
The party will formally nominate a candidate on January 16 after a meeting of its local government nomination board to be held at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s official residence Ganabhaban.The seat fell vacant at the death of former DNCC mayor Annisul Huq, who passed away at a London hospital on November 30, last year.
The Local Government Division declared the post vacant on December 1. DNCC by-election is scheduled to be held on February 26.
Election to 36 new wards, which have been included in DNCC and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), will also be held on the day.
Ruling AL is likely to nominate Atiqul Islam as its candidate while BNP is expected to field Tabith Awal, who ran against Annisul Huq in the previous election.