Ruling Awami League has started forming polling centre-based committees across the country to oversee the overall activities during the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections slated for December, this year, party sources said.
AL joint general secretary Abdur Rahman said such committees are being formed as part of polls preparations following directives given by the central leaders.“We have also inspected the process during our visit to the districts,” he said.
Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, the organising secretary of the ruling party, said: “All the committees will be formed soon and the election steering committee and monitoring cell of the party will oversee their activities.”
Party insiders said that each and every committee will consist of leaders and activists of AL and its associate bodies while the central leaders will supervise their activities.
The committee will induct alliance leaders before the election if the party contests polls forming a grand alliance.
Besides party leaders and activists, civil society members and professionals, who believe in the spirit of the Liberation War and secularism, will be inducted in the committees.
The size of the committee will depend according to number of voters in each polling centre.The committee will select polling agents and will train them for election purpose.
Earlier, AL issued letters to the grassroots committees to form such body in each polling centre.
Mohibur Rahman Mojnu, the general secretary of Bogra district Awami League, told the daily sun: “We shall complete forming the polling centre-based committee by March.”
“We have got the party directives, last week. Now, we are working to form the committees. Representatives of each village and locality will be inducted in the committees,” he said.
Jessore district Awami League office secretary SM Mahmud Hassan Bipu said that those who are imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War and secularism will be inducted in the committee.
“An extended meeting has already been convened at upazila, union and ward levels to give directives to the party leaders to form the polling centre-based committee,” he said, adding that the size of the committee will depend on the size of voters in the respective polling centre.
Magura District AL general secretary Pankaj Kumar Kundu also said that they too got the directives from the party, but they are yet to form the committees.
AL leaders of most districts also confirmed that they are working to form the committees.