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Awami League says Yes to Parliamentary Poll Schedule


The Awami League (AL) formally accepted the fresh parliamentary polls schedule.

"We accepted the election schedule [parliamentary election] responsibly… considering the interest of the country and democracy," Ashraful said a day after the chief election commissioner announced a fresh polls schedule.

AL's formal acceptance of the schedule removes the uncertainty over major political parties taking part in December 29 polls since BNP had already said that they would take part in the elections.

AL also demanded complete and immediate withdrawal of the state of emergency.

AL may review its nominations in more than 60 constituencies following widespread dissatisfaction among grassroots-level leaders over party picks.

An expert team of AL, which has been reviewing party nominations for several days, handed over a list of around 60 nominations to AL President Sheikh Hasina yesterday. The team suggested that she should make changes of nominations in those constituencies in order to ensure victory against candidates of BNP-Jamaat alliance, sources said.

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