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Political parties urge new Election Commission law in talks with president

While a few of the parties have proposed some names for the ‘search committee,’ most of them stated a search committee is ‘not required.’

The ruling Awami League, scheduled to satisfy President Abdul Hamid at 4 pm on Monday, would be the final political social gathering to take part in the talks. A ten-member delegation of the Awami League, led by its chief Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is prone to go to Bangabhaban on that day.

President Md Abdul Hamid had opened talks with registered political parties on the Bangabhaban to debate their views on the formation of a new Election Commission on Dec 20. The Jatiya Party, the opposition in parliament, was the primary political social gathering to satisfy the president.

Hamid had equally appointed the outgoing election commissioners by means of a search committee after holding talks with the parties practically 5 years in the past. He initiated a dialogue once more because the tenure of the fee headed by KM Nurul Huda is ending on Feb 14. President Hamid has to nominate the new election commissioners earlier than that deadline.

The president will contemplate their calls for, JP Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu stated.

“People have no confidence in the electoral process in the country. They have especially lost confidence in the Election Commission, and the only way to regain their trust is to introduce a permanent law in line with the Constitution, to form an Election Commission,” he stated.

“The president won’t need to hold a dialogue every five years if the new law is drafted after incorporating the opinions of everyone. It will be a permanent solution to the issue.”

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSoD) President Hasanul Haque Inu, nevertheless, believed the dialogues with the president over forming a ‘search committee’ have been profitable.

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“Those who participated in the talks have placed different demands, but none of them raised any objection against the formation of a search committee,” he stated.

The focus must be on the search committee to see what they recommend in regards to the formation of a new EC, he stated.

“Though many political parties have boycotted the dialogue, it will still lead to the formation of a search committee.”

In the absence of a law to nominate election commissioners, the ability to nominate an election commissioner is vested upon the president in line with the Constitution. Late president Zillur Rahman had constituted the earlier Election Commission by forming a committee to shortlist names of doable candidates for the posts of the election commissioners and their chief.

Hamid had adopted swimsuit, appoint Chief Election Commissioner Huda and the opposite commissioners from the names advisable by the search committee.

Currently, greater than three dozen parties are registered with the EC. Last time, Hamid had held the talks with 31 parties all through December 2016, beginning with the BNP, earlier than forming the fee.

Like the final two occasions, the top of the state opened the talks over EC formation and invited 32 political parties to the Bangabhaban.

A complete of seven political parties, together with the BNP, which needs an apolitical caretaker authorities in energy in the lead as much as the overall election, had introduced a boycott of the dialogue this time, describing it as a ‘farce’.

CPB, BaSad and JSD avoided collaborating in the talks, stating that their proposals raised in earlier talks must be thought-about first.

Gono Forum and Bikalpadhara took half in the dialogues however their high leaders, Kamal Hossain Chowdhury and AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury didn’t go to the Bangabhaban.

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Following the talks, the Cabinet Division will subject a discover to type a search committee, stated the president’s Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin.

PARTIES URGE NEW DRAFT LAW

Most of the political parties collaborating in the talks with President Hamid have strongly pushed for a new law over EC formation, and the federal government is in favour of it as nicely, stated Law Minister Anisul Huq. But the law can’t be drafted earlier than the formation of the new EC as they don’t have sufficient time, he stated.

The law minister had beforehand stated that he would be capable of convey a law concerning the formation of the EC to parliament throughout the subsequent two classes. But, after President Hamid opened the talks with the political parties, Huq stated that the search committee will probably be used this time as nicely.

Some of the parties have supplied an inventory of names for the search committee, although most of them spoke in favour of introducing a law. 

The Jatiya Party submitted an inventory of names for the search committee, although they didn’t disclose the names.

Bikalpadhara Bangladesh proposed three names, together with celebrated writer Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Rokeya Afzal Rahman, a former adviser to the caretaker authorities, and Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, a former cupboard secretary for the search committee.

The Krishak Sramik Janata League, led by Kader Siddique, opposed the formation of a search committee.

FORM A COUNCIL

As a substitute for the search committee, the federal government ought to type a council for the formation of the Election Commission, stated a few of the political parties collaborating in the talks.

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A ‘special council’ could be shaped together with the prime minister, the chief of the opposition, the speaker of the home, chief justice and legal professional normal, stated Ganatantri Party.

The search committee will suggest 5 names to the council and the council will shortlist these and ship them to the president. The president will appoint the commissioner from the shortlist, it stated.

Besides proposing a new law to be drafted, the Workers Party prompt utilizing the parliament to type the Election Commission. The search committee ought to embrace constitutional posts and in addition, the new EC ought to have two girls in it, they proposed.

Zaker Party proposed to type a search committee together with representatives from all registered political parties, whereas the Jatiya Party-JP, led by Anwar Hossain Manju, stated the Constitution by no means mentions a search committee.

INTERIM GOVERNMENT

While collaborating in the talks with President Abdul Hamid, a few of the political parties have proposed the formation of an interim authorities.

The Krishak Sramik Janata League needed an election-time authorities to be shaped which included the participation of all political parties. The National People’s Party (NPP) was towards a ‘non-elected’ or caretaker authorities however needed an election-time interim authorities led by the prime minister and together with all registered political parties that believed in the spirit of the liberation warfare.

Sammobadi Dal, a member of the 14-party alliance, proposed an election-time authorities led by the prime minister and shaped in accordance with the structure.

Khilafat Majlish proposed an modification of the structure and the formation of a non-partisan, unbiased election-time interim authorities.

Gono Front stated a nationwide authorities must be shaped together with all political parties and may oversee the polls.

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