Dhaka – The ruling Awami League and the opposition Jatiyo Party have submitted lists of candidates for 50 seats reserved in parliament for the women to the election commission on Monday.
The parties representing in the existing 11th parliament came into being through December 30 elections to 300 constituencies will have their proportionate shares in reserved seats from women.
Accordingly, the Awami League which won in most seats announced candidature of 43 women while the Jatiyo Party put four names. Three other seats will be distributed among the other parties, Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Workers Party of Bangladesh, representing in current parliament.
Obaidul Quader, secretary general of the Awami League submitted the list of its party. Among the candidates are: Sultana Nadira of Barguna, Anjum Sultana of Cumilla, Hosne Ara Jamalpur, Umme Fatema Nazma Begum of Bahmanbaria, Habiba Rahman Khan Shefali of Netrakona, Rumana Ali of Gazipur, Sheikh Any Rahman of Pirojpur, Shamsunnahar Bhuiyan of Gazipur, Fazilatun Nesa of Munshiganj, Rabeya Alim of Nilphamari, Aparajita Haque of Tangail, Shamima Akter Khanam of Sunamganj, Tamanna Nusrat Bubli of Narsingdi, Nargis Rahman of Gopalganj, Manira Sultana of Mymensingh, Nahid Ijhar Khan of Dhaka, Khaleda Khanam of Jhenidah, Gloria Jharna Sarker of Khulna, Suborna Mostafa of Dhaka, Zakia Tabassum of Dinajpur, Syeda Rubina Mira of Barishal, Wasika Ayesha Khan of Chattogram, Kazi Kaniz Sultana of Patuakhali, Farida Khanom Saki of Noakhali.
Bashanti Chakma of Khagrachhari, Syeda Zohra Alauddin of Moulvibazar, Adina Anjum Mita of Rajshahi, Kaniz Fatema Ahmed of Cox’s Bazar), Roshema Begum of Faridpur, Syeda Rashida Begum of Kushtia, Arma Dutta of Cumilla, Shirina Nahar of Khulna, Ferdousi Islam Jessy of Chapainawabganj, Parvin Haque Sikder of Shariatpur.
Khadizatul Anwar of Chattogram, Zakia Parvin Khanam of Netrakona, Sajeda Nusrat of Rajbari, Shabna Jahan Shila of Dhaka, Tahmina Begum of Madaripur, Shirin Ahmed of Dhaka and Zinnatul Bakia (Dhaka).
The Jatiyo Party nominees are: Salma Islam, Raushan Ara Mannan, Masuda M Rashid Chowdhury and Nazma Akhter. The Worker’s Party candidate is Lutfunnessa Khan.
The election to the reserved seats is slated for March 4 and the last date of submission of nomination paper was February 11.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which decided not to join parliament over an allegation of rigging in the national election, skipped from filing nomination papers for the election to the reserved seat.