A total of 4,080 candidates have submitted nomination papers for chairman posts in 846 union parishads (UP) in the second-phase election scheduled for November 11.
Though the voting will be held by using party symbols, more than half of these candidates are independent. Public Relations Director of the Election Commission (EC) SM Asaduzzaman said a total of 41,790 people have filed nomination papers for various posts in the elections.
Asaduzzaman, who is also the joint secretary of EC, said 1,425 candidates backed by different political parties and 2,655 independent contestants have filed nomination papers for the post of chairman. On the other hand, 9,561 people have submitted papers for the post of reserved ward member and 28,149 for the post of general member.
Candidates from 17 parties, including Awami League and Jatiya Party, are participating in the elections.
Of them, 838 are from Awami League, 368 from Islami Andolan Bangladesh, 107 from Jatiya Party, three from JP, seven from Bangladesh Congress, 49 from Zaker Party, 26 from Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, five from CPB, three from Samyabadi Dal, two from Ganatantri Party, two from BSD, three from Bangladesh Khilafah Majlis, two from Khilafah Majlis, one from the Jamiat-e Ulama-e-Islam Bangladesh, five from Workers Party, one from Islamic Oikya Jote and three from NPP are participating in the polls.
There are about 4500 union councils throughout the country. In the first phase, elections were held in 204 union parishads on June 21 and 160 union parishads on September 20. In the second phase, polls will be held in 846 union parishads on November 11 while in 1,007 union parishads in the third phase on November 28.