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>Most AL leaders for joining race if emergency goes

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>Most Awami League (AL) decision-makers on Thursday said the party should participate in the upcoming city corporation and municipality elections slated for August 4 only if the government lifts the state of emergency completely ahead of the polls. (Click for full article)
“Strategically, we should take part in the elections to four city corporations and nine municipalities to strengthen the party, otherwise a third party or force might gather strength in those areas which would not be good for the party,” AL Organising Secretary Mahmudur Rahman Manna said at a meeting of the AL Central Working Committee.
Meanwhile, in a latest development, the AL yesterday requested the government to shift the date for submitting nominations for the local government elections from July 3 to July 5, saying it wants to discuss the matter with the government at the official dialogue on July 3.
Contacting the government yesterday, a senior AL leader also requested for not reinstating the Emergency Power Rules (EPR) before announcing the poll results.
On June 20, the government announced the schedules of the local government elections and relaxed the EPR in the poll areas allowing campaign processions and rallies for 21 days until zero hours of August 3.

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