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Poll-time administration likely by mid-October
September 11th, 2018 at 2:52 pm
Poll-time administration likely by mid-October

Dhaka – As Bangladesh’s national election nears, a senior government minister on Tuesday said that a poll-time administration will be formed in the middle of next month.

“There will be no technocrats in the election-time government to be formed in mid October and its size will be small,” Obaidul Quader, minister for Road and Bridges, told reporters at his office in Dhaka.

Quader, also the general secretary of ruling Bangladesh Awami League party, said that he had a discussion with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of the ruling party, on this issue.

The disclosure came at a time when a major political camp led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which boycotted the last election in 2014, has been asking for an impartial administration during the election.

The BNP has been busy asking for release of its jailed party chief Khaleda Zia while the ruling party began its preparation for the election.

The AL has launched early campaign to reorganise the party across Bangladesh ahead of the voting, which is likely to be held in the last week of December.

The Prime Minister will choose the election-time cabinet. It depends on her wish as to who will be inducted in the election-time administration, Quader said as he was asked whether anyone from the Jatiyo Part of former military dictator Hussein Muhammad Ershad would be in the cabinet.

The AL leader said that his party would complete the process of nomination for eligible candidates by October. The ruling party may leave 65 to 70 out of 300 parliamentary seats for its alliance.

To a question, the minister said that Jatiyo Party will contest separately if the BNP remain absent from the electoral fray.

The BNP leaders have been trying to do politics over the sickness of Khaleda Zia, he said.