EC’S PRE-POLLS DIALOGUE

WP for poll under incumbent govt

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Oct 12,2017 | Updated: 00:18, Oct 12,2017

 
 
Workers Party

Election Commission holds a pre-election discussion with the representatives of the Workers’ Party of Bangladesh in the commission office in Dhaka on Wednesday. — New Age photo

Workers Party of Bangladesh on Wednesday said that the next election should be held under the incumbent government while Bangladesh National Awami Party suggested the Election Commission should get the affidavits of the candidates verified by National Board of Revenue and Anti-Corruption Commission.
The parties came up with the views in separate talks with the commission about its preparation for the next general election.
Workers Party, a partner of the ruling Awami League-led alliance, proposed that the commission should take
control of home, public administration and local government ministries during the polls while the government should only carry on routine works after the poll schedule was declared.
The party president Rashed Khan Menon told reporters that his party was against deployment of army personnel with magistracy power during the polls. ‘But the commission can deploy defence forces if needed in some particular cases to maintain law and order,’ he said.
The party also argued for the commission to start using electronic voting machine on a pilot basis along with regular ballots from the 11th general election.
In its proposal, NAP also argued in favour of restoring the ‘no vote’ option and increasing the reserved women seats in parliament to 33 per cent.
The party also demanded direct election for all the reserved seats.
It also suggested using closed-circuit television camera in polling centres.
The commission is scheduled to hold dialogues with Bangladesh Nationalist Party on October 15 and with ruling AL on October 18.
The commission’s dialogues with the stakeholders, including 40 registered political parties, began on August 24, apparently to elicit their views regarding the preparations for the next general election due on January 22, 2019 at the latest. 

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