Election to Women Reserved Seats

Aspirants dying for AL ticket

Anaet Shawon

19 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Aspirants for Awami League women reserved seats in the parliament are carrying out frantic efforts to get the party tickets to contend the polls.

Alongside AL women wing leaders, many celebrities are also in the race to obtain the party nominations.

The sale of nomination forms among the aspirants of Awami League women reserved seats ended amid festivity on Friday with a a record number of 1,510 ticket-seekers collecting forms in the four days.

Party insiders said the women leaders at the grass-roots level are contacting ministers and the party high-ups by paying visits to Ganabhaban, Dhanmondi office and houses of ministers and policymakers.

Sources said many candidates provided hard and soft copies of their political portfolios to the party high command.

Talking to this correspondent, multiple leaders of Awami League central committee said this time many new faces might get the party tickets to contest the reserved seats for women.

They also hinted that a list of potential lawmakers is in the hand of party president Sheikh Hasina who will pick up committed leaders, particularly those having bright political career.

Awami General Secretary Obaidul Quader said they will give preference to leaders who have had sacrifice for the party. “Competent and dedicated aspirants will be given nominations from the party,” he added.     

Speaking on the increased number of aspirants for the reserved parliament seats for women, Quader said AL popularity and acceptance soared which encouraged more candidates.

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

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

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

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

AL insiders said women lawmakers will be nominated under a set of few conditions including youths with clean images, women leaders from central AL body and from the districts remaining deprived of having women lawmakers for long, relatives of deprived potential candidates in December-30 election, film and television stars, dedicated women leaders and a representative from third gender.

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

Sources said though there is a chance to give nomination to former state minister Tarana Halim, but she did not collect nomination form.

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

Besides, Juba Mahila League president Nazma Akhter, Madaripur Juba Mahila League president Amena Khatun Baby, General Secretary of Mohila AL Mahmuda Begum Creeck, Juba Mahila League Organising Secretary Sarmin Sultana Lily, Amena Kohinur Alam, Mymensingh district AL member and the prime minister’s former special assistant Mahbubul Hoque Shakil’s wife Nilufar Anjum, celebrities like Shomi Kaiser and Rokeya Prachi, among others, are in the AL ticket race.