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12 January, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Dialogue with President on EC formation

AL too proposes for law enactment

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AL too proposes for law enactment
A delegation of ruling Awami League (AL) led by its chief, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina poses for a photo with President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban yesterday. The AL delegates held talks with the president on the formation of a new Election Commission. PMO Photo

The ruling Awami League, like other political parties, yesterday proposed enactment of a law as per the constitution to appoint the chief election commissioner and other commissioners.

During a meeting with President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban, a 19-member delegation of the party, led by its president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also proposed introducing e-voting in the next general election along with the existing rules and regulations for holding a free, fair and neutral election and ensuring people's voting rights.
The 90-minute meeting that started at 4:05pm was the last meeting of a series of talks initiated by the president with registered political parties on the reconstitution of the Election Commission. 
UNB adds: At the meeting, Hasina said her party does not want any controversy over elections in the future as it wants the party that will be voted by people to govern the country.
"Awami League is respectful of the country's constitution and existing laws. Awami League has full confidence and trust in the deep wisdom and forethought of the honorable President's long political career,” President's press secretary Joynal Abedin quoted the AL chief as saying.
“The party will extend full support to any judicious step to be taken by the President for constituting the Election Commission (EC)," she added.
Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after a meeting between President Abdul Hamid and an Awami League delegation at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban over the formation of the new EC.
Apart from AL President and Prime Minister Hasina, the delegation included AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, Advisory Council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, AMA Muhith, HT Imam, Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Mohammad Zamir; presidium members  Mohammad Nasim, Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun and Syed Ashraful Islam; joint general secretaries Dr Dipu Moni and  Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Legal Affair secretary Abdul Matin Khasru, Publicity and Publication secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, office secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap and Law Minister  Anisul Huq.

“If possible, an ordinance can be promulgated for enacting law right now with a view to appointing the Chief Election Commissioner and other commissioners. If it’s not possible now due to time constraint, then steps need to be taken so that the law can be formulated in the light of the constitution for future Election Commission formation,” said Hasina.
She also said the President will appoint the CEC and the election commissioners as per the process which he deems suitable.
At the meeting, Abdul Hamid said the role of the Election Commission is very important, and hoped that it will be possible to form a strong EC with the cooperation from all political parties.
President Hamid also said law and order situation and support of political parties are also important during elections.
Secretaries concerned to the President Office were present.
The President initiated the formal talks with political parties about the EC formation with holding discussions with BNP on December 18 last year. He has so far held meetings with 23 political parties.
Most of the parties demand enactment of a law to reconstitute the new Election Commission. 
 He took the dialogue initiative as the tenure of the current Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad-led EC expires in February.

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