The ruling Awami League on Wednesday has started the process of selecting possible party candidates for the next general elections.
A meeting of the party with the grassroots level leaders from seven districts was held in the PM’s official residence Ganobhaban with Awami League President Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The meeting was attended by the leaders of district, thana, upazila and first class municipality units of Dinajpur, Jamalpur, Rajbari, Manikganj, Lalmonirhat, Bhola and Gazipur.
The grassroots level leaders were each given a sheet with ten questions and the party chief Sheikh Hasina asked them to write down three names from their respective constituencies for the next general election.
“Please write down three names and put marks beside those names. The marks will be out of 100,” she said.
Addressing the meeting, Hasina said the party wanted to take opinion from the grassroots leaders regarding the party nominations for the next election. “We’ll check your opinion with the survey reports that were conducted earlier while we’ll sit to give nominations.”
In this connection, she said the party chose its candidates in 2008 election in the same way. “At that time, more than 90 percent of your opinions matched with the then survey reports.”
The Awami League President mentioned that being the leaders from the grassroots level, the party gave importance to their opinion.
She said as a democratic party, this is the system to choose the candidates for the elections. “We don’t want to impose anything from above. We are taking information; we’ll prepare our list as per the opinions from the grassroots leaders.”
Hasina said the party always gives importance to the grassroots leaders as they are the main strength of the party.
“You seek votes from the people, you pledge to the people and you face all difficulties after the election,” she said. “It won’t be wise to take decision without considering your opinion.”
The Prime Minister said as the Awami League is a democratic party. it has this kind of process and it will continue.
She also expressed the hope that other parties in the country would follow such process to choose their candidates. “And this way, we all will have a healthy democratic system in the country that will ultimately enrich our democracy,” she said.