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10 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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REGISTRATION OF NEW POLITICAL PARTIES

Most fail to fill up forms ‘properly’

HARUN UR RASHID
Most fail to fill up 
forms ‘properly’

The Election Commission (EC) is scrutinising information provided by 76 political parties seeking registration, but a lot of things are missing in the information given by most of the parties. EC sources said as per their roadmap they would finalise the list of new registered political parties by this month so that they can participate in the next general election. Sources said some new political parties have copied the constitution of another party and submitted it. Committee members found that a party has even copied the constitution of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

A member of the committee, preferring anonymity, said the major political parties do not want that new political parities get registered as it would create problems in the election year. He also said that while going through the information they found no mention of having 33 per cent women as leaders in the party's constitution by 2020.

A new party has to have signatures of at least 200 people at the upazila level to get registered, but even this was not complied with, sources said. One party has given a bank statement that it has only Tk. 1,000 in the account, the sources said. Some parties did not give information about bodies elected at the grassroots level. Some parties did not give full and specific addresses of their central party offices and local offices.

Some did not even submit a treasury chalan of Tk. 5,000 with their application forms; most  do not have any idea about their party constitutions. A party has shown its main office at a mosque.

The Bengal National Congress has applied for registration and engineer Abul Hossain is the president of the party. The address of the party office is a flat at Bijoy Swarani Tower in the capital where the president lives with his family.

Some of the political parties are the Aam Janata Khedmad Party, Moulik Party, Bangladesh United Islami Party, M Akhtaruzzaman Bhashani NAP, Bangladesh Trinamul Congress, Shariah Andolon Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Smriti Sangsad and Smriti Pathagar and the Bangladesh Islami Party. The EC said registration would be done as per the Political Party Registration Rules, 2008 and the Representation of People Order.

According to Section 90(B) of the RPO, for getting registered, a party must have a central committee and committees in at least 21 districts and 100 upazilas, each of which must have at least 200 members. Election experts said there are already 40 registered political parties, but the activities of many are not visible.

The EC has sent letter to the home ministry to provide information regarding the new parties—whether any of them has any connection with banned organisations or has any militant connection.

Sources said the EC would finalise the list of new political parities after scrutinising all information. Helaluddin Ahmad, secretary to the Election Commission Secretariat, told The Independent yesterday that a committee is working on the scrutiny of the papers of the new political parties that want to be registered with the EC.

“We have told the committee to submit their scrutinised papers of the parties this week. After we get the report, we would hold a meeting to take the final decision,” he added. “We will go by the law. If there is any sort of gap of information or mistake, we will not accept it,” he added. He further said the committee has found various irregularities and gaps of information in the papers submitted by different new political parties. The EC had advertised for party registration in October 2017 and the last date for submission of papers was December 31.

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