EC reconstitution

AL says will accept president’s decision

Ruling party proposes enactment of law or promulgation of ordinance, introduction of e-voting

Moloy Saha and Manzur H Maswood | Published: 14:50, Jan 12,2017 | Updated: 00:30, Jan 12,2017

Sheikh Hasina, Bangabhaban, Abdul Hamid

President Abdul Hamid poses for a photograph with a delegation of the ruling Awami League during a talk on reconstituting election commission at Bangabhaban in the capital on Wednesday. — New Age photo

The ruling Awami League on Wednesday told president Abdul Hamid that the party would extend its full support to any justified initiative to be taken by the president to reconstitute the Election Commission.
The party placed four-point proposals as president hold talks with AL as part of his ongoing talks with the registered political parties on the reconstitution of the commission.
The party proposed that the president would appointment the chief election commissioner and other election commissioner in such a method he would think fit.
It said that a law on the appointment of the chief election commissioner and other election commissioners might be enacted or an ordinance might be promulgated in this regard.
If it is not possible before the constitution of the next commission because of time constraint, appropriate initiatives might be taken right now in accordance with the constitution so that the law can be implemented in the constitution of the commission in the future, the proposals said.
The party also proposed the introduction of electronic voting system in the next general election.
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, led a 19-member delegation in the talks at Bangabhaban.
At briefing at AL president’s Dhanmondi office after the talks, party general secretary Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said that the party would raise no objection if the president decided to go for a search committee for the reconstitution of the commission.
He said that that they told the president that they would extend full support to any justified step taken by the president to reconstitute the commission.
‘We also proposed the introduction of e-voting system in line with the existing rules to make the polling easier,’ said Obaidul Quader, who was also on the delegation.
President’s press secretary Joynal Abedin said that during the 90-minute talks starting at about 4.00pm, the Awami League leaders proposed enactment of a law on the appointment of the chief and other election commissioners.
The Bangabhaban spokesperson said that the proposal for the enactment of the law was one of the common suggestions put forward by most parties since the president initiated the talks in December 2016.
He said that the Awami League chief reiterated her party’s loyalty to the constitution and the existing laws and conveyed its full confidence in the president having a long political career.
He said that Hasina told the president that AL did not want any controversy regarding elections in the future.
President Abdul Hamid told the AL delegation that he initiated the talks with political parties on the commission as the role of the crucial constitutional body was vital in holding elections, said Joynal.
Formation of strong commission will be possible with the cooperation of all political parties, Joynal quoted the president as saying.
Apart from Hasina and Obaidul Quader, AL senior leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, AMA Muhith, HT Imam, Mohammad Nasim, Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun, Syed Ashraful Islam, Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdul Matin Khasru, Hasan Mahmud, Anisul Huq, Mohammad Zamir and Abdus Sobhan Golap were the other members of the delegation.
President Abdul Hamid initiated the talks with political parties on the reconstitution of the commission through holding talks with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party on December 18, 2016.
He already held talks with 23 political parties.

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