EC enjoys full freedom under the present govt: CEC

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Dhaka, October 18: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the Election Commission (EC) has been enjoying full freedom under the present government without any intervention.

He said this at the election dialogue with Awami League at the conference room of Nirbachon Bhaban in the city.

Huda praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her development works and claimed that the Election Commission “enjoys more freedom” compared to ECs of many countries.

CEC also said that the Awami League was behind all the success of Bangladesh.

Later A 21-member Awami League delegation, led by party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader, submitted an 11-point proposal to the EC on the next national election.

The other members of the delegation are Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Begum Matia Chowdhury, Mohammad Nasim, HT Imam, Dr Md Abdur Razzak, Lt Col (retd) Muhammad Faruq Khan, Ramesh Chandra Sen, Moshiur Rahman, Mohammad Zamir, Md Rashidul Alam, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanok, Abdur Rahman, Abdus Sobhan Golap, HN Ashiqur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud and Riazul Kabir Kawser.

He said AL is an old political party.

CEC lauded the dynamic leadership of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Shamsul Haque, Year Ahmed, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and present successful Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“We jointly liberated the country at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 7 March 2071. The liberation war and independence were achieved through the hands of Awami League.”

“Bangabandhu concentrated on building the nation after his return home in 1972. He also founded the election commission. The national GDP reached a peak by 1974,” KM Huda said.

After the statement, CEC started close-door meeting with the members of AL delegation.

On Sunday last while meeting with Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the CEC said BNP during its rule did good things. BNP founder Ziaur Rahman restored multi-party democracy, the CEC mentioned, adding that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was the first women prime minister in the country.