EC’S PRE-POLLS DIALOGUE

CPB for dissolving parliament, ‘no’ vote

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Oct 13,2017 | Updated: 00:39, Oct 13,2017

 
 

A delegation of Communist Party of Bangladesh holds talks with the Election Commission as part of the commission's dialogue with political parties on Thursday.-- Ali Hossain Mintu

The Communist Party of Bangladesh on Thursday demanded the dissolution of parliament before the announcement of the schedule for a general election by the Election Commission.
Taking part in the pre-polls dialogue of the Election Commission, the party proposed that the poll-time government would perform routine works only under the commission and the commission must have absolute freedom to deploy any forces to ensure law and order during elections.
The party also demanded that the provisions for ‘no’ vote be restored and the number for the reserved seats for women in parliament be raised to 100 from the existing 50.
It also demanded direct elections to the reserved seats.
The party thinks that dissolving parliament is important to ensure equality between the contestants in the next elections, CPB president Mujahidul Islam
Selim told reporters after the dialogue at the commission headquarters.
The party also suggested that the commission should introduce a provision of ‘recall’ of the lawmaker by the voters of the particular constituency if the lawmaker failed to perform properly, he said.
He said that the party opposed to the use of Electronic Voting Machines from the next poll.
A delegation of Ganatantrik Party also took part in a separate dialogue with the commission on the day.
The party demanded the next general election under the incumbent prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
The party, however, suggested that the commission should take control of the ministries of home, public administration and local government during the polls while the government would carry on the routine functions only after the announcement of the election schedule by the commission.
The commission is scheduled to hold dialogue with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party on October 15 and with the ruling Awami League 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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