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AL manages 116 seats unopposed

Needs just 49 more for majority

Taib Ahmed

The ruling Awami League now requires only 49 candidates elected to have a majority in the 10th parliament as at least 102 of its candidates are set to be elected unopposed.
According to the Election Commission’s draft list of candidates elected unopposed after the last date for the withdrawal of candidatures on Friday for the elections scheduled for January 5, at least 116 candidates of the ruling Awami League and its allies, including 10 ministers, are set to be elected unopposed as they emerged single candidates for respective constituencies.
One hundred and two of them are from the Awami League, 11 from HM Ershad’s Jatiya Party, 2 from Anwar Hossain Manju’s Jatiya Party and 1 from the Workers Party of Bangladesh.
Election Commission officials said that the number of candidates to be elected unopposed could increase as they could not put into the final form the list of final candidates after withdrawal till at 9:00pm on Friday.
After the scrutiny and the hearing of the appeals, the number of valid candidates stood at 880. Commission officials said that they had received information on the withdrawal of 205 candidates in 35 districts till 10:30pm Friday night.
The ministers to be elected unopposed are Syed Abul Maal Abdul Muhith for the Sylhet 1 constituency, Syed Ashraful Islam for the Kishoreganj 1 constituency, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain for the Faridpur 3 constituency, Tofail Ahmed for the Bhola 1 constituency,
Amir Hossain Amu for the Jhalakathi 2 constituency, Obaidul Quader for the Noakhali 5 constituency, Shajahan Khan for the Madaripur 2 constituency, Abdul Latif Siddiqui for Tangail 4 constituency, Hasan Mahmud for the Chittagong 7 constituency and the state minister for law, Kamrul Islam, for the Dhaka 2 constituency.
The deputy leader of the house, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, for the Faridpur 2 constituency, deputy speaker Showkat Ali for the Shariatpur 2 constituency, the chief whip, Md Abdus Shahid, for the Moulvibazar 4 constituency, immediate-past ministers Md Abdur Razzak for the Tangail 1 constituency, Suranjit Sengupta for the Sunamganj 2 constituency, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir for the Chandpur 1 constituency, Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju for the Narsingdi 5 constituency and Dipu Moni for the Chandpur 3 constituency, and immediate-past state ministers Jahangir Kabir Nanak for the Dhaka 13 constituency and Omar Faruk Chowdhury for the Rajshahi 1 constituency remained single candidates.
The prime minister’s adviser Anwar Hossain Manju also remained single candidate in the Pirojpur 2 constituency.
The other Awami League candidates who emerged single contestants after the withdrawal included Md Dabirul Islam for the Thakurgaon 2 constituency, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury for the Dinajpur 2 constituency, Nuruzamman Ahmed for the Lalmonirhat 2 constituency, Abul Kalam Md Ahsanul Haque Chowdhury for the Rangpur 2 constituency, HN Ashiqur Rahman for the Rangpur 5 constituency, Md Fazle Rabbi Mia for the Gaibandha 5 constituency, Shamsul Alam Dudu for the Jaipurhat 1 constituency, Abu Sayed Al Mahmud Swapan for the Jaipurhat 2 constituency, Abdul Mannan for the Bogra 1 constituency, Md Habibur Rahman for the Bogra 5 constituency, Mohammad Golam Rabbani for the Chapainawabganj 1 constituency, Md Abdul Odud for the Chapainawabganj 3 constituency, Md Israfil Alam for the Naogaon 6 constituency, Fazle Hossain Badsha for the Rajshahi 2 constituency, Enamul Haque for the Rajshahi 4 constituency, Abul Kalam for the Natore 1 constituency, Shafiqul Islam Shimul for the Natore 2 constituency, Md Abdul Quddus for the Natore 4 constituency, Mohammad Nasim for the Sirajganj 1 constituency, Md Habib-e-Millat for the Sirajganj 2 constituency, Md Ishaq Hossain Talukder for the Sirajganj 3 constituency, Tanvir Imam for the Sirajganj 4 constituency, Hasibur Rahman Swapan for the Sirajganj 6 constituency, Sheikh Afil Uddin for the Jessore 1 constituency, Kazi Nabil Ahmed for the Jessore 3 constituency, Md Kabirul Haque for the Narail 1 constituency, Sheikh Helal Uddin for the Bagerhat 1 constituency, Mir Shawkat Ali Badsha for the Bagerhat 2 constituency, Talukder Abdul Khaleque for the Bagerhat 3 constituency, Abdullah Al Islam Jacob for the Bhola 4 constituency, Abul Hasnat Abdullah for the Barisal 1 constituency, Md Showkat Hossain for the Barisal 5 constituency, Abdul Hafiz Mallik for the Barisal 6 constituency, AKMA Awal (Saidur Rahman) for the Pirojpur 1 constituency, Amanur Rahman Khan Rana for the Tangail 3 constituency, Md Ekabbar Hossain for the Tangail 7 constituency, Showkat Momen Shahjahan for the Tangail 8 constituency, Mirza Azam for the Jamalpur 3 constituency, Pramod Mankin for the Mymensingh 1 constituency, Sharif Ahmed for the Mymensingh 2 constituency, Anwarul Abedin Khan Tuhin for the Mymensingh 9 constituency, Md Sohrab Uddin for the Kishoreganj 2 constituency, Rezwan Ahammed Toufique for the Kishoreganj 4 constituency, Md Afzal Hossain for the Kishoreganj 5 constituency, Nazmul Hasan for the Kishoreganj 6 constituency, Mamtaz Begum for the Manikganj 2 constituency, Zahid Malek for the Manikganj 3 constituency, Mrinal Kanti Das for the Munshiganj 3 constituency, Nasrul Hamid Bipu for the Dhaka 3 constituency, Saber Hossain Chowdhury for the Dhaka 9 constituency, Sheikh Fazle Noor Tapos for the Dhaka 10 constituency, AKM Rahmatullah for the Dhaka 11 constituency, Asaduzzaman Khan for the Dhaka 12 constituency, Aslamul Haque for the Dhaka 14 constituency, Md Enamur Rahman for the Dhaka 19 constituency, MA Malek for the Dhaka 20 constituency, AKM Mozammel Haque for the Gazipur 1 constituency, Md Zahid Ahsan Rasel for the Gazipur 2 constituency, Md Rahmat Ali for the Gazipur 3 constituency, Meher Afroz for the Gazipur 5 constituency, Nurul Mazid Mahmud Humayun for the Narsingdi 4 constituency, Nazrul Islam Babu for the Narayanganj 2 constituency, Shamim Osman for the Narayanganj 4 constituency, Kazi Keramat Ali for the Rajbari 1 constituency, Md Zillul Hakim for the Rajbari 2 constituency, Abdur Rahman for the Faridpur 1 constituency, Nur-e-Alam Chowdhury for the Madaripur 1 constituency, AFM Bahauddin Nasim for the Madaripur 3 constituency, BM Mozammel Haque for the Shariatpur 1 constituency, Nahim Razzak for the Shariatpur 3 constituency, Syed Mohsin Ali for the Moulvibazar 3 constituency, Md Ali Ashraf for the Comilla 7 constituency, AHM Mostafa Kamal for the Comilla 10 constituency, Mujibul for the Comilla 11 constituency, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya for the Chandpur 2 constituency, Md Shamsul Haque Bhuiyan for the Chandpur 4 constituency, Rafiqul Islam for the Chandpur 5 constituency, Nizam Uddin Hazari for the Feni 2 constituency, Morshed Alam for the Noakhali 2 constituency, AKM Shahjahan Kamal for the Lakshmipur 3 constituency, Ashequllah Raifque for the Cox’s Bazar 2 and Saimum Sarwar Kamal for the Cox’s Bazar 3 constituency.
Although Ershad-led Jatiya Party asked its candidates to withdraw their candidatures and many of them so did, the returning officers did not accept many withdrawal letters, including that of HM Ershad for the Rangpur 2 constituency.  
Ershad earlier on Thursday sent a letter to the Election Commission asking it not to allot its election symbol ‘plough’ to any of the candidates contesting the elections.
Ershad-led Jatiya Party’s Md Tajul Islam Chowdhury for the Kurigram 2 constituency, AKM Maidul Islam Chowdhury for the Kurigram 3 constituency, Shariful Islam Jinnah for the Bogra 2 constituency, Salahuddin Ahmed Mukti for the Mymensingh 5 constituency, Liakat Hossain Khoka for the Narayanganj 3 constituency, Nasim Osman for the Narayanganj 5 constituency, Peer Fazlur Rahman for the Sunamganj 4 constituency, Mohammad Abdul Munim Chowdhury for the Habiganj 1 constituency, Mohammad Amir Hossain for the Comilla 2 constituency, Nurul Islam Milon for the Comilla 8 constituency and Mohammad Noman for the Lakkhipur 2 constituency remained single candidates.
The Jatiya Party-JP’s Anwar Hossain Manju for the Pirojpur 2 constituency and Nurul Islam Talukder for the Bogra 3 constituency were likely to be elected unopposed.
The Workers Party of Bangladesh president, Rashed Khan, remained single candidate in the Dhaka 8 constituency.
Article 19(1) of the Representation of the People Order 1972 stipulates that where, after the scrutiny under Article 14, only one person remains as a validly nominated candidate for election as a member from a constituency or where after withdrawal under Article 16 only one person is left as a contesting candidate, the returning officer will, by public notice, declare such candidate to be elected to the seat.
One thousand, one hundred and seven from 20 political parties, mostly belonging to the Awami League-led ruling alliance, submitted nomination papers for the 10th parliamentary elections with most of the political parties, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies, boycotting the polls.

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