Forty-nine female candidates from the ruling Awami League and opposition parties submitted their nomination papers to the Election Commission on Monday to contest the upcoming elections to the women reserved seats in parliament.
No candidate from opposition BNP submitted nomination papers yet as part of its decision to boycott the current parliament.The candidates will be elected uncontested after February 16 as there is no rival candidate in 49 seats.
In proportion of the seats political parties secured in the 11th general election, Awami League got 43 women reserved seats, Jatiya Party 4, BNP 1, Workers Party 1 and one for an independent candidate.
A delegation, led by Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, submitted nomination forms for the March 4 election to the women reserved seats.
Returning Officer Abul Kashem received the nomination papers in presence of the nominated candidates.
Women candidates from Awami League are Shirin Ahmed (Dhaka), Zinnatul Bakia (Dhaka), Shabna Jahan Shila (Dhaka), Suborna Mostafa (Dhaka), Nahid Ijhar Khan (Dhaka), Wasika Ayesha Khan (Chattogram), Khadizatul Anwar (Chattogram), Kaniz Fatema Ahmed (Cox's Bazar), Bashanti Chakma (Khagrachhari), Anjum Sultana (Cumilla), Arma Dutta (Cumilla), Umme Fatema Nazma Begum (Brahmanbaria), Rumana Ali (Gazipur), Shamsunnahar Bhuiyan (Gazipur), Sultana Nadira (Barguna), Hosne Ara (Jamalpur), Habiba Rahman Khan Shefali (Netrakona), Zakia Parvin Khanam (Netrakona), Sheikh Any Rahman (Pirojpur), Aparajita Haque (Tangail), Shamima Akter Khanam (Sunamganj), Fazilatun Nesa (Munshiganj), Rabeya Alim (Nilphamari), Tamanna Nusrat Bubli (Narsingdi), Nargis Rahman (Gopalganj), Manira Sultana (Mymensingh), Khaleda Khanam (Jhenidah), Syeda Rubina Mira (Barishal), Kazi Kaniz Sultana (Patuakhali), Gloria Jharna Sarker (Khulna), Zakia Tabassum (Dinajpur), Farida Khanom Saki (Noakhali), Roshema Begum (Faridpur), Syeda Rashida Begum (Kushtia), Syeda Zohra Alauddin (Moulvibazar), Adina Anjum Mita (Rajshahi), Ferdousi Islam Jessy (Chapainawabganj), Parvin Haque Sikder (Shariatpur), Khodeza Nasrin Akter Hossain (Rajbari), Tahmina Begum (Madaripur), Nadira Yasmin Jolly (Pabna), Ratna Ahmed (Natore) and Momota Hena Lovely (Tangail).
Main opposition Jatiya Party also submitted a list of four candidates to the EC. They are Salma Islam, Raushan Ara Mannan, Masuda M Rashid Chowdhury and Nazma Akhter.Workers’ Party of Bangladesh submitted the name of its lone candidate Lutfunnessa Khan and independent candidate Selina Islam.
The election to the women reserved seats was slated for March 4.