UP nominations: BNP excludes MP candidates from selection panel

Staff Correspondent

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has decided to exclude the party-nominated candidates for 2008 general election from panels for recommending people for party nominations in the next phases of the first-ever partisan elections to union parishads.
A BNP joint secretary general confirmed the information.
The party made the decision following complaints from the grassroots leaders about interference by the party candidates for 2008 parliamentary polls in the selection process of the party’s union parishad chairman candidates for the first phase of union council polls slated for March 22, party sources said.
The deadline for the filing of nomination papers for the first phase of the union polls expired on Monday.
The inclusion of former lawmakers and candidates for the 2008 polls in the selection panel, which included upazila and union unit leaders, angered the grassroots level leaders, party leaders said.
BNP assistant publicity secretary Emran Saleh Prince, who is involved in the nomination process for the union polls, said that five-member panels –  comprising president and general secretary of upazila unit and president, general secretary and organising secretary of union unit – would recommend people for party nomination in the union elections.
For the first phase of union polls, the selection panel included local former party lawmaker or party candidate for 2008 elections.
The second-phase polls to 684 union councils are slated for March 31 while the deadline for the submission of nomination papers would expire on March 2.

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