Most women MPs from reserved seats likely to be dropped

Anaet Shawon

13 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Aspirants of ruling Awami League for reserved seats in parliament for women are now busy lobbying the high-ups of the party to become members of the 11th parliament.

Most of the lawmakers in reserved seats for women, excepting 5-6 MPs, will be dropped from the list as the ruling party wants to bring youths in parliament, sources said.

Party insiders said the party will start selling nomination forms from Tuesday while the Election Commission (EC) will announce schedule this week.

According to the article 65 (3), the EC has to complete election for the reserved women seats in parliament by 90 days, which starts from the date when the EC published a gazette over the newly elected lawmakers.

So, the last date for electing new women lawmakers is April 1.

In the 11th parliamentary elections, the ruling AL bagged 257 seats while Jatiya Party got 22, BNP 6, Gano Forum 2, Workers Party 3, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal 2, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation 1, Jatiya Party (Manju) 1, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh 2 and independent 3.

Of the total 50 reserved seats for women, the ruling AL will get 43 while Jatiya Party 4, BNP 1, Workers Party 1 and independent candidates will get 1.

Sources said the election over new women lawmakers will be completed by the first week of February as the first session of the 11th parliament will start on January 30.

Jatiya Party already nominated four candidates for reserved seats for women on January 9 and its chairman HM Ershad sent a letter to Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury to take necessary steps in this regard. The four nominees are Parveen Osman (Narayanganj), Shaheena Akhter (Kurigram), Najma Akhter (Feni) and Monika Alam (Jhenidah).

The AL insiders said the women lawmakers will be nominated under few conditions, including youth with a clean image, women leaders from central AL body, deprived district for getting women lawmaker for many years, relatives of deprived potential candidates in December 30 election, film and television stars, dedicated women leaders who work for the party silently and a representative from third gender.

Some women lawmakers of the 10th parliament include Begum Nilufer Zafar Ullah, Fazilatun Nasa Bappy, Tarana Halim, Mahjabeen Khaled, Sanjida Khanam, Navana Akter, Amatul Kibria Keya, Sabina Akter Tuhin, Nurjahan Begum and Ummey Razia Kajol.

Awami League central leader, including Faridunnahar Laily, Shammi Ahmed, Marufa Akter Poppy, Parvin Zaman Kalpana and Merina Jahan are in the party chief’s good books.