Ruling Awami League (AL) will declare the names of its candidates today for the upcoming Dhaka north and south city corporations elections.
After a two hours meeting of AL Local Government Election Nomination Board on Saturday evening to nominate AL-backed mayor and councilor candidates, party General Secretary Obaidul Quader said the announcement will be made on Sunday morning.
He also informed that the meeting of AL Local Government Election Nomination Board was still going on.
Party sources told The Business Standard that, for the north city corporation current mayor and Readymade Garments entrepreneur Atiqul Islam has almost secured the party nomination to run for the same post in upcoming city polls.
However, the party is taking time to decide between Dhaka south city corporation's two heavyweight mayoral candidates – current mayor Sayeed Khokon and Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, a member of Parliament elected from Dhaka city and also a member of Bangabandhu family.
Both are strong candidates with a huge support of followers.
After a second sitting at 10am Sunday, Awami League general secretary will make the announcement at 11am ending all the speculations.
The elections to Dhaka north and south city corporations will be held on January 30 next year.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the schedule at his office on December 22. Election commissioners were also present at the programme.
According to the polls schedule, the last date for filing nomination papers is December 31.
The returning officers will scrutinise the nomination papers on January 2, and the last date for withdrawing candidacy is January 9.
The 180-day countdown for the EC to complete elections has already started as the tenure of the current mayor and councillors of Dhaka North City Corporation will end on May 13, 2020, while the tenure of DSCC mayor and councillors will be completed on May 16, 2020.
According to the EC, the two city corporations have over 54.02 lakh voters — 30.35 lakh in DNCC and 23.67 lakh in DSCC — to cast their votes in the elections.
Along with electing the mayors, DNCC voters will also elect 54 ward councillors and 18 reserved women councillors while DSCC voters will elect 75 ward councillors and 25 reserved women councillors.