Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader asserts that Tarique Zia’s video conferencing violates electoral code. Tarique Zia conferenced with party men and candidates even on Monday for the second day. Obaidul Quader said that according to High Court directives, Tarique Zia cannot participate in the election process therefore it is a clear violation of code of conduct. The EC is yet to come up with an answer in this regard.
Posters and festoons covering walls, billboards and electric poles are yet to be removed completely though the deadline expires on Sunday, November 18.
It is reported in various print media that Jatiya Oikyafront is likely to finalise its manifesto this week. The alliance is preparing the manifesto in line with its 11-point demand and Vision 2030.
In an interesting development, some former BNP politicians who had left the party in protest against petrol bomb attack on common people in 2014 and 2015 by BNP hooligans, are trying to go back to BNP and seek nomination to contest elections with paddy sheaf symbol. These politicians, after leaving BNP in 2015, tried to join Awami League but they were not taken because of their background. Frustrated, they have gone back to BNP.
Reza Kibria, son of slain Shah ASM Kibria, former finance minister of AL government, has joined Gonoforum. He has joined as a presidium member and is likely to contest for the Habiganj-1 seat. And about ten retired army and air force officers have also joined Dr. Kamal Hossain’s party.
Poll analysts say that nearly 90 percent of the Islamic political parties of the country have joined with Awami League led grand alliance. Traditionally most of these parties were strong allies of BNP and Jamaat but equation has changed drastically this time around.
This time a record number of women are seeking nomination to take part in direct contest. Only in Manikganj alone, five women are taking preparations to contest in the poll in December.