Dhaka, Bangladesh
AL too wants law to form EC

AL too wants law to form EC

It also wants e-voting in next election

Awami League on Wednesday proposed introducing e-voting in the next general election along with the existing rules and regulations for holding a free, fair and neutral election and ensuring people's voting rights, reports UNB. The ruling party came up with the proposal at a meeting with President Abdul Hamid at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban over the formation of the new EC. During the 90-minute meeting that started at 4:05 pm, the ruling party, like other political parties, proposed enacting law as per the constitution to appoint the Chief Election Commissioner and other commissioners. Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the party's 19-member delegation in the discussion. The other delegation members are AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, Advisory Council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, AMA Muhith, HT Imam, Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Mohammad Zamir; presidium members Mohammad Nasim, Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun and Syed Ashraful Islam; joint general secretaries Dr Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Legal Affair secretary Abdul Matin Khasru, Publicity and Publication secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, office secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap and Law Minister Anisul Huq, Secretaries concerned to the President Office were present. The President initiated the formal talks with political parties about the EC formation with holding discussions with BNP on December 18 last year. He has so far held meetings with 23 political parties. He took the dialogue initiative as the tenure of the current Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad-led EC expires in February. The BNP was the first political party to sit with the president for talks on forming a new Election Commission. Their meeting was held on Dec 18. The present EC led by Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad was formed in 2012 through a search committee that then President Zillur Rahman formed upon consulting political parties. The same procedure will be followed this time to form the Election Commission that will hold the 2019 election, Law Minister Anisul Huq had said. He said President Hamid would appoint officials to the new Election Commission via a search committee. The president's office is yet to make an official statement on the matter. The tenure of current Election Commission expires in February. President Hamid sat for talks with 23 parties in four phases so far. The dialogue will come to an end after talks are held with the Awami League.

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