Bdtodays Desk: BNP joined dialogue with the Election Commission (EC) taking their senior leaders on Sunday to place their party’s 20-point proposal over holding the next general election in a free and fair manner. At the conference room of Nirbachon Bhaban the dialogue began around at 11am in the city with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair.
A 16-member BNP delegation, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, joined the talks including BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Tariqul Islam, Mahbubur Rahman, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, chairperson’s advisers ASM Abdul Halim, Ismail Jabiullah and Abdur Rashid Sarker and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
On Friday last, Fakhrul said they will place a set of their proposals before the EC in written during the dialogue for holding a credible general election.
Party insiders said the BNP delegation will seek a level-playing field and restoration of the pre-2008 delimitation of 300 parliamentary seats.
They said their proposals may also include amending the RPO to define the armed forces as the law enforcement agencies and giving them magistracy power, restoring the pre-2008 delimitation of 300 parliamentary constituencies, empowering the EC to take steps for creating a level-playing field before the announcement of election schedule.
Besides, the party is expected to present a strong logic not to use EVM in the polls and the party’s observations and recommendations about the voter list updating and some other EC activities.
The Election Commission on August 24 last started dialogue with 40 registered political parties to receive their opinions over the EC’s preparation for the next national election likely to be held in December 2018. So far, the Commission has held dialogues with 32 parties.
The EC will also hold talks with Awami League on October 18.
Bdtodays/ M, H/ 15 October, 2017