BangladeshPost placeholder

Staff Correspondent
Candidates of different political parties are all set to launch election campaign from today (Monday) at their respective constituencies aiming to woo voters.
The Election Commission (EC) will start distributing election symbols to the candidates today, allowing them to launch the polls campaign throughout the country.
Many leaders, who got nominations mainly from the ruling Awami League (AL)-led Grand Alliance, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led Jatiya Oikyafront, other political parties and independent candidates, have already reached their respective constituencies and started informal campaigns.
These candidates, along with local leaders and workers, are also informally working round the clock to convince people in order to get their support in the national election.
Carrying placards declaring ‘reject BNP-Jamaat’ and ‘vote for boat to continue development’ leaders and workers of the AL-led Grand Alliance have started going at people’s doorstep to seek their votes.
On the other hand, leaders and activists of BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront, carrying banner and festoons announcing ‘release Khaleda Zia’ and ‘Vote for Paddy Sheaf’, have also started communicating with remote people.
Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina will begin her campaign from tomorrow, putting most of her emphasis on continuation of development.
According to the Representation of the People Order (RPO), all the 39 registered political parties and alliances are to send their nominated candidate list to the returning officers, along with a copy to the Election Commission, for allocating election symbols.
On the other hand, enthusiasm among the voters, especially youths and women, is also soaring ahead of the election.
Meanwhile, many leaders especially the rebel candidates withdrew their candidatures on Sunday as per directives of their respective party high commands.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged the rebel candidates of her party to withdraw their candidatures in favour of the Grand Alliance contestants.
“The 11th parliamentary elections are very important for establishing a sustainable democratic governance system by saving the nation and the country from the ferocious clutch of the BNP-Jamaat clique. So, we have decided to take part in the election in alliance with the like-minded parties,” she said in an open letter issued to the rebels on the day.
Meanwhile, BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront decided to form an election coordination committee for every constituency to carry out electioneering in favour of the candidates of ‘Paddy Sheaf’.
They have already sent a letter, in this regard, to the district unit leaders of the party.
To contest the 11th national election, record 3,065 nomination papers were submitted to the EC this year, among which a total of 2,279 candidates have been approved and 786 applications scraped.
Some 543, out of the total rejected aspirants, filed appeals with the commission to get back their nomination. The EC however declared 243 valid from them.