EC move to drop women participation from RPO decried

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:39, Jul 06,2020


A political party and a women rights body on Sunday opposed the Election Commission’s plan to amend the Representation of the People Order, dropping the provision of keeping 33 per cent woman representatives in all committees of political parties.

According to the RPO, political parties should have 33 per cent of women representation in its committees by 2020.

Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh, at a press conference at its Segunbagicha central office, and Socialist Women Forum, in a press statement, opposed the Election Commission’s proposed plan of changing the provision.

RWPB general secretary Saiful Huq said that the EC had taken the initiative to amend the RPO, which would be unconstitutional without taking opinions of the political party leaders.

He called on the EC to refrain from bringing any amendment to the RPO.

Central leaders of the party Banhishikha Jamali, Akbar Khan, Abu Hasan Tipu and others attended the press conference.

SWF, president Rawshan Ara Russo and general secretary Shampa Basu, in a press statement, said that the Election Commission should not bring any change to keeping 33 per cent women representation, because it would take more time to implement it in the leaderships of the political parties.

The Election Commission has recently taken a move to drop the provision of 33 per cent women participation in all committees of political parties from the Representation of the People Order 1972.

The commission has taken the move in a situation when almost all 41 registered parties have been failed to ensure 33 per cent of women participation in their committees by 2020 that made mandatory by RPO for saving registration of a party with the EC.

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