The election to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for 2019-21 is underway on Saturday.
The voting started at the BGMEA Bhaban in Karwan Bazar at 8 am and will continue until 4pm.
According to BGMEA sources, aspirants split into two groups–Sammilita Forum and Shadhinata Parishad–are contesting for 26 posts of director in the election.
The voting is being held per TO Rules 1994 of the Commerce Ministry.
The board of directors is comprised of 35 posts. Of which, nine from Chittogram zone have already been elected unopposed.
Shadhinata Parishad will contest for 18 posts, while the Sammilita Forum will vie for 26 posts for Dhaka zone.
Mohammadi Group Managing Director Rubana Huq, also wife of former Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq, is leading Sammilita Forum while Design and Source Limited Managing Director Jahangir Alam leading Shadhinata Parishad.
However, a total of 59 apparel makers have submitted nominations to contest for 35 director posts in the election.
In this election, a first vice-president, a senior vice-president and five vice-presidents will be elected for the next two years.
A total of 1955 members of export oriented woven, knit and sweater garment manufacturers and exporters of the country will practice their voting right in the election.
The last election to BGMEA was held on September 22, 2015. unb