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AL to leave 65 - 70 seats for allies

Can a fugitive convict take part in polls process, Quader asks EC

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Staff Reporter :
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said that the ruling party has planned to give 65 to 70 seats to the allied parities for contesting the upcoming national election.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told us that 65 to 70 seats will be given to alliance parties. If there're more winnable candidates, the number might be raised through discussions," he said.
Obaidul Quader said this in response to questions from the reporters about the party's preparations for the election at the Secretariat on Sunday.
"We have almost finalised the list of the AL candidates. "We are just polishing it at this point. We are also discussing with the allied parties about their demands. We will announce our full list in the next four to five days," he said.
The AL General Secretary also     drew the attention of the Election Commissioner about taking interview of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) nomination seekers by its acting chairman Tarique Rahman through a videoconference. "We are drawing the Election Commission's attention whether a fugitive convict in two cases can join election procedures," he said.
He further said, "I would like to tell the nation whether a fugitive convict can give such a statement. We want justice from the nation."
About their nominations of the ruling alliance, he said, the list of candidates nominated by the AL-led alliance will be announced within four to five days as the list at its final stage.
In reply to a question, Quader said this election will be much fairer than previous ones. 'There was no election in the past which was hundred percent free and fair.'
Responding to another question about the election manifestos of the allied parties, he said, "Alliance partners will publish their respective manifestoes. There's a possibility that the Prime Minister herself will unveil the Awami League manifesto. But, the date is yet to be fixed." The policymakers of the 14-party alliance do not have any plan to bar the existing parliamentarians from contesting the general election slated for December 30,  Quader said.
If the performances of any elected MPs are not satisfactory then they will decide about him or her, he added.

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