Bangladesh 39 Party 11th Parliamentary Elections on 23rd December
The 11th parliamentary election will be held on December 23, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda announced in his televised speech on 08 November despite the call for delays by the opposition.
The CEC said the aspirants will have to submit their nomination papers by November 19. The nomination papers will be scrutinised on November 22, he said adding that the last date for withdrawing candidature is November 29.
Awami League welcomed the Election Commission’s decision and hoped all political parties would join the polls. “A smokescreen had been created over the national election, but it was erased today through the announcement of its schedule,” Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said
The Jatiya Oikya Front and its key ally BNP however have indicated that they will oppose the early elections and launch an agitation even though BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has approved her party’s plan to join the parliamentary polls.
39 parties registered by the Election Commission will be able to join the polls with their own logos or under any alliance. There are likely to be four main alliances in the elections, these include –
First Awami League-led 14-Party coalition, BNP-led 20-Party Alliance and the Left Democratic Alliance. The others part of Awami League coalition are the Workers Party of Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JaSoD, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, Jatiya Party-JP, Bangladesh Nationalist Front-BNF, Bangladesh National Awami Party, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, Gono Front, Bangladesh Islami Front and Ganatantrik Party. At the closing session of the 10th Parliament, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged people to vote for the Awami League again to ensure peace and security achieved through the elimination of injustice, militancy, and the drug menace.
The second alliance will be mainly of the BNP which has formed common front Jatiya Oikya Front, the parties include Liberal Democratic Party, Bangladesh Jatiya Party-BJP, Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, Jamiyate Ulamaye Islam Bangladesh, Jaker Party, Islami Oikya Jote, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party Krishak Sramik Janata League-KSJL, Gono Forum, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal-BaSaD, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD, Bangladesh Kalyan Party, Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan, Progressive Democratic Party, National People’s Party, Bangladesh National Awami Party-NAP, United Citizen Movement, Revolutionary Workers Party, Bangladesh Muslim League, Islami Oikya Front Bangladesh, Bangladesher Samayobadi Dal (ML) and Bangladesh Jatiya Party.
The third alliance will be led by H M Ershad’s Jatiya Party which was a friendly opposition in the 10th Parliament and is likely to remain so in the 11th Parliament as well.
The Leftist Democratic Alliance of the CPB, BaSaD and Revolutionary Workers Party is the fourth alliance.
The Jatiya Oikya Front of which BNP is a part has demanded the deployment of the army with magisterial powers, but the EC has rejected the demand indicating that the Army will be deployed only in Aid to Civil Power to fortify law enforcement.
Three main coalitions are likely to be the main contestants, one led by the ruling Awami League where the Party remains the dominant constituent, another with Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) as a key entity but greatly weakened as the leadership has been decapacitated legally while he oppositions alliance main demands are to hold elections under a caretaker government which is constitutionally unviable, however Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is holding talks with all parties.