DNCC Mayor Race: BNP picks Tabith Awal
BNP has selected Tabith Mohammed Awal as the mayoral candidate for the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-polls, report agencies.
BNP’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the announcement around 11:15pm on Monday after a meeting of the BNP nomination board.
The board, headed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, took the final decision after interviewing the five nomination seekers at the chairperson’s office in Gulshan.
BNP central executive committee member Tabith, the son of BNP leader and business tycoon Abdul Awal Mintoo, had an unsuccessful run against late mayor Annisul Haque in 2015, losing by almost 135,000 votes.
Meanwhile, until Monday, 18 people seeking Awami League’s candidacy submitted their nomination papers to Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap at the ruling party president’s political office in Dhanmondi.
Awami League will formally pick their candidate after a meeting of its Local Government Nomination Board on Tuesday at Ganabhaban, the official residence of party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The DNCC by-election is scheduled to be held on February 26. The nominated candidates will fight for the DNCC mayor post which fell vacant on November 30 last year through the death of Annisul Huq, the first ever DNCC mayor.
The Election Commission on February 26 will also arrange polls for the 36 councillor posts and 12 reserved seats in the 36 new wards of DNCC, which has some 2.95 million voters.
According to the commission, January 18 is the last date for the submission of nomination papers by DNCC by-polls contenders.