The selection of an Awami League mayoral candidate for the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-election is nothing but a formality.
AL high-ups hinted that former BGMEA president Atiqul Islam, who was earlier selected as party candidate for DNCC by-polls, will probably get ticket.Last year, the ruling party selected Atiqul as its mayoral candidate, but the High Court stayed holding of the DNCC by-polls for six months.
Atiqul continues election campaign. He has also played an important role in the December 30 parliamentary elections in which Awami League secured a crushing victory.
Apart from the electioneering, the business leader has also strengthened his relations with Awami League and voters in DNCC area.
As a result, Awami League is not thinking of any alternative to Atiqul Islam in the mayoral race right now.
When contacted, Atiqul told the Daily Sun that he has already collected Awami League nomination form to contest the polls.
“I was in touch with the party and voters of the area in the last one year. I’ve got one year to carry out campaign. I hope that the party will give me nomination,” he said.The party’s nomination board will sit on January 26 to pick its mayoral candidate for the DNCC by-election slated for February 28.
Apart from this, the party will pick councillor candidates for the polls in 18 new wards in DNCC.
The ruling party started selling nomination forms from Wednesday and will continue until January 25.
On the first day, Atiqul, Adam Tamizi Haque and Yiad Ali Fakir collected nomination forms to contest the polls on AL ticket.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said the party will decide who will contest the elections under the party banner.
“A candidate, who is acceptable to all, will be selected,” he said.
According to the election schedule, the last date for filing nomination papers for both DNCC by-polls and elections to the new wards is January 30.
The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held on February 2, and the last date for withdrawal of candidacy is February 9.
On January 16, the HC cleared the way for the DNCC by-election and election to the new wards.
The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant following the sudden death of Annisul Huq on November 30 in 2017. He was elected mayor on April 28 in 2015.