EC clears all 49 candidates for polls to reserved seats

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 17:19, Feb 12, 2019 | Updated : 17:21, Feb 12, 2019

The Election Commission offices in Dhaka`s Agargaon. File PhotoThe Election Commission has cleared the nomination of 49 candidates for the reserved seats for women in Parliament.
On Tuesday (Feb 12), Returning Officer Abul Kasem declared all 49 nominations valid after the scrutiny of the nomination papers.
“We will publish the final list of candidates on Feb 17 if no one withdraws their nomination by Feb 16,” he said.
He added that if no one drops out of the race, they will be declared elected without any competition.
Among the 350 seats in parliament, 50 are reserved exclusively for women.
While the 300 parliamentary seats are contested in a direct election, the reserved seats are allocated to political parties in proportion to their number of seats in parliament.
Accordingly, 43 seats are allotted to the Awami League, four to the Jatiya Party, one each to the BNP and the Workers’ Party while the independent candidates may receive one seat if they join the votes.