The Election Commission on Tuesday extended time until July 31 for stakeholders, including political parties, to give opinion on a draft bill on registration of political parties which has already drawn flak from different quarters.
‘The Election Commission has decided to get opinions of the political parties and other stakeholders on it until July 31,’ EC secretary M Alamgir told New Age, adding that most political parties did not give opinions on the draft bill till Tuesday, the last day of giving opinion about the bill.
On June 16, the commission finalised a draft bill for political party registration striking out the provision for 33 per cent women participation in all committees of the political parties.
The commission has taken the move for enacting a separate law in this regard while currently the provision is included in the Representation of the People Order 1972.
Section 90 (B) in the RPO provides for ensuring mandatory 33 per cent women in all committees of the political parties by 2020.
The commission proposed the name of the draft law as the Registration of Political Parties Act 2020.
In a press release, the EC said that the commission uploaded the draft law on its website — www.ecs.gov.bd — inviting the parties concerned to email their opinions to the address of [email protected]
The press release said that the commission also decided to make the RPO in Bangla language to make it an easy reading.
In the last council of the Awami League, it amended the party constitution extending its time limit for filling at least 33 per cent of all committee positions with women from 2020 to 2021.
According to EC officials, 38 of the 41 political parties registered with the commission are yet to fill up 20 per cent of their committee positions with women though the law required them to do so by 2020.
On July 1, the opposition BNP urged the EC to halt the move of enacting the bill for political party registration and said that the move in the time of coronavirus crisis was suspicious.
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