As the deadline for candidate withdrawals concluded yesterday, a total of 1,896 candidates have successfully navigated the intricacies of the political landscape to vie for positions in the upcoming 12th national polls scheduled for January 7 next year. The Election Commission (EC) disclosed this information during a press conference held at the EC Building in Agargaon.
Out of the initial pool, 347 candidates opted to withdraw their nominations by the stipulated cutoff date. EC Secretary Jahangir Alam unveiled that the candidates comprise representatives from 27 political parties as well as independent candidates.
Providing insights into the nomination process, the EC secretary stated, “According to the information sent by the returning officers of our 64 districts and Dhaka and Chittagong metropolitan constituencies, the total number of nominations filed was 2,716. Of these, 731 were rejected in the selection process, 560 filed appeals, 286 appeals were granted, and 274 appeals were rejected.”
Among the prominently participating parties, the Awami League leads with 263 candidates, closely followed by the Jatiya Party with 270 candidates and Trinomool BNP with around 140 candidates. Other parties, including the Bangladesh Congress and the National People Party, also present a notable presence with over a hundred candidates each.
The EC is poised to launch the campaign on Monday, initiating the allocation of electoral symbols among the candidates.
Met Forecasts Showers and Gusty Winds Across the Country
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecasted rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds in various parts of the country over the next 24 hours from 9:00 am today (25 February).
According to a bulletin from the meteorological office, the anticipated precipitation is likely to occur in one or two places across Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, and Sylhet divisions. The rest of the country is expected to experience mainly dry conditions with a temporary partly cloudy sky.
The bulletin also mentioned a slight decrease of (1-2) degrees Celsius in night temperatures, while day temperatures are expected to remain nearly unchanged nationwide.
On Saturday, the maximum temperature reached 31.2 degrees Celsius in Cumilla, Chattogram division. The minimum temperature recorded today is 13.0 degrees Celsius in Tetulia, Rangpur division.
The highest rainfall in the last 24 hours, until 6 am today, was reported at 28 millimeters (mm) in Bogura, Rajshahi division.
In the capital, the sun is set to set at 5:59 pm today and rise at 6:24 am tomorrow.
Nation to observe Holy Shab-e-Barat Tonight
The holy night of Shab-e-Barat, known as the night of fortune, will be observed nationwide tonight with profound religious fervor and devotion. The Islamic Foundation (IF) has organized programs at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, including religious sermons (waz) and doa-mahfils.
President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended greetings to Muslims worldwide on this occasion. President Shahabuddin highlighted the significance of Shab-e-Barat, emphasizing its role as a night of good fortune, offering opportunities for special grace and forgiveness from Almighty Allah. He urged affluent individuals to assist the distressed and poor, wishing for progress, welfare, and unity for the Muslim Ummah.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina echoed the sentiment, stating that the night brings mercy and blessings for humanity, showcasing Allah’s greatness in forgiving and fulfilling desires. She encouraged dedicating oneself to human welfare and nation-building in line with Shab-e-Barat’s teachings, emphasizing the establishment of Islamic values at personal, social, and national levels while rejecting injustice, violence, and superstition.
Rainfall Likely in Parts of Bangladesh, says Met
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecasted rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds in various parts of the country in the next 24 hours from 9 am today.
According to a bulletin from the met office, these weather conditions are likely in one or two places over Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, and Khulna divisions. The rest of the country may experience mainly dry weather with a temporary partly cloudy sky. The bulletin also anticipates a rise in both night and day temperatures by 1-2 degrees Celsius across the country.
On Friday, the maximum temperature recorded in the country was 31.2 degrees Celsius at Teknaf in the Chattogram division, while today’s minimum temperature of 09 degrees Celsius was recorded at Tetulia in the Rangpur division. The sun is expected to set at 5:58 pm today and rise at 6:25 am tomorrow in the capital.
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