Bangladesh Election Commission on Tuesday (May 28) unofficially declared Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s lone candidate Rumeen Farhana elected to a reserved woman seat in the Jatiyo Sangsad. Returning officer M Abul Kashem made the announcement at the Nirbachon Bhaban in the capital as Rumeen did not take back her nomination paper on the last day for withdrawal on Tuesday, local media reported.
According to the electoral law, main opposition BNP was eligible for only one of the 50 reserved seats for women in the parliament as the party won six of the 300 constituencies in the Dec 30, 2018 general elections.
Rumeen Farhana is the assistant international affairs secretary of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party - BNP.
The opportunity of contesting the reserved seat was created for BNP candidates after its lawmakers joined the parliament. Five of the six BNP leaders elected in the Dec 30 elections have joined the JS. The party's Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir did not take oath.
In the 11th elections polls, the ruling Bangladesh Awami League bagged 258 seats, its grand-alliance partner Jatiyo Party 22 seats, BNP-led Jatiyo Oikyofront eight seats, other parties nine seats while independent candidates secured three seats.