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7 January, 2017 12:21:00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 7 January, 2017 01:16:32 PM
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AL to seek law enactment

President’s talks on EC formation
Abu Jakir
AL to seek law enactment

During talks with the President, the Awami League (AL) will propose enacting of a law for appointing the chief election commissioner and other commissioners in line with the Constitution. The party will sit for talks with President Abdul Hamid on January 11 over formation of the new Election Commission, as the tenure of the present EC ends in February. The President initiated the process of talks with political parties by inviting the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for dialogue on December 18.  On Wednesday, the AL formed a 10-member committee, headed by HT Imam, the Prime Minister’s political adviser, for preparing a draft of proposals and recommendations on forming the EC, which the party will submit to the President. At the AL's central working committee (ALCWC) meeting, held at the party president Sheikh Hasina’s official residence on Wednesday, the party selected the body, including its advisers. They members are HT Imam, Abdul Matin Khashru, Shafique Ahmed, Abdul Baset Majumder, Mohammad Zamir, Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, Rashedul Alam, Dipu Moni, Abdur Razzak,  Abdul Mannan Khan and Abdul Matin Khasru.
The body held an exclusive meeting at Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office yesterday (Friday).
After the meeting, AL law affairs secretary Abdul Matin Khasru told this correspondent: “We have taken an unanimous decision to draft a proposal for enacting a law to constitute the EC. We will place the draft before our party president, Sheikh Hasina, for her approval and then it will be placed before the President during the talks. We will recommend to the President that a law be enacted, as per Article 118 of the Constitution, for appointing the chief election commissioner and other commissioners.”
According to Article 118(1) of the Constitution, which was framed in 1972, there shall be an EC for Bangladesh, comprising the CEC and not more than four commissioners, and the appointment of the CEC and other commissioners (if any) shall, subject to the provisions of any law made in that behalf, be made by the President. Notwithstanding a constitutional
obligation, a law on the appointment of chief election commissioner (CEC) and other commissioners has not been framed even 45 years after enactment of the charter.
Earlier, at a press conference at the party’s Dhanmondi office, AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif had said the government started working on drafting a law for appointing the election commissioners as enshrined in the Constitution.
“The work of drafting the law will be completed shortly and then it will be placed in Parliament. None of the
past governments took the initiative to enact a law for appointing the election commissioners. The
Sheikh Hasina-led government has taken the initiative,” he had added.
He had made the disclosure while talking to newsmen after a BNP delegation, led by its chairperson Khaleda Zia, held talks with the President at Bangabhaban on forming the EC.
Even the AL general secretary, Obaidul Quader, told this correspondent recently that the present government has a plan to formulate a law for appointing elections commissioners. When contacted, law minister Anisul Huq said yesterday that the government would formulate a law for constituting the new EC, if the President gives an order in this regard. “As the President is discussing the issue with political parties, I cannot say anything more on the issue,” he added. Most of the political parties, barring the BNP, have recommended to the President that a law be enacted for forming the new EC to oversee the next general election to be held in 2019. It may be mentioned that the present EC was formed in 2012 through a search committee. Most of the political parties had recommended formation of the search committee during talks with the then president Zillur Rahman. The 23 parties that had joined the talks included then ruling Awami League and the BNP, then in the opposition.

 

 

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