Political parties, denied registrations by Election Commission, on Saturday demanded repeal of a section of Representation of the People Order which they said made the process of registration difficult for new parties.
Addressing a press conference at National Press Club, Rajnoitik Dal Nibandhan Ain Sangskar Dabi Parishad, a platform of registration seeking parties, urged the government to reform the law in the next session of parliament scheduled to begin on September 9.
In a written statement, the platform member secretary Syed Harun-or-Rashid, termed the sub-section 90 (B) of the RPO undemocratic.
According to 90 (B), a party is eligible for registration with the commission if it has secured at least one seat with its electoral symbol in any parliamentary election since the independence.
It says that a party having participated in a general election and received at least five per cent votes in the contested parliamentary constituencies is also eligible for registration.
It also says that a party will be eligible for the registration if it has a functional central office, central committee and committees in at least one-third administrative districts and 100 upazilas or metropolitan thanas having 200 voters as its members in each of the areas.
At the press conference, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said that the EC rejected his application even after he submitted all the supportive documents.
He said that he now failed to take legal steps against the EC as it did not provide any receipt copy of the application while submitting it.
A total of 76 parties applied for registration and the EC turned down all the application saying that none of them met the conditions.
The EC on October 30, 2017 issued a public notification seeking applications by December 31, 2017 for party registrations.
Now, there are 40 political parties registered with the commission.
In 2013, 43 new political parties sought registration and only two got registration before the 2014 national elections.
The commission introduced the registration system for political parties during the army-backed caretaker government in 2008.
Ahead of the 9th general election, 117 political parties applied for registration following a public notification and only 39 parties were registered.