Tariqat proposes non-inclusion of anti liberation forces in EC

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Dhaka, Dec 27: The Bangladesh Tariqat Federation (BTF) today placed a four-point proposal to form an acceptable Election Commission without the inclusion of anyone who or his family opposed the 1971 Liberation War.

The BTF gave the proposal for the formation of an independent, neutral and acceptable Election Commission on the fourth day of the ongoing dialogue with President M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban here this evening.

After the dialogue, President’s Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin told BSS that Tariqat Federation’s delegation led by its chairman Syed Najibul Bashar Maizbhandari, MP, placed a four-point proposal to the President for the formation of an independent, effective and acceptable EC.

A seven-member BTF delegation held talks with President for about an hour starting at 4 pm.

The BTF stressed on enacting a specific, permanent and time-befitting law to constitute the Election Commission.

They also gave positive opinion on the formation of a search committee, by holding a dialogue with civil society representatives in addition to political parties to make the issue universally acceptable and beyond debate.

Maizbhandari further said the proposed search committee should include representation of civil society, including a representative of the media personality also. Welcoming the BTF leaders in the talks at Bangabhaban, the President said the formation of an Election Commission is a constitutional obligation and “the prime object of the dialogue is only to form an acceptable Election Commission,” the press secretary said.

It would be possible to form an efficient, strong and acceptable EC through holding effective discussions with the political parties in phases, he added.

The head of state sought the full cooperation of all political parties in the EC formation process.

President Hamid held a talk with the Jatiya Party, the main opposition party in the Jatiya Sangsad, on December 20. He held talks with six political parties till this evening. The President will hold a dialogue with Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) tomorrow (December 28) at 4 pm.

Besides, talks with Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) and Islamic Oikya Jote will be held at 4 pm and at 6 pm respectively on Wednesday (December 29). The dialogue will be held with Gano Forum at 6 pm and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) at 7 pm on January 2 (Wednesday) and talks with the Ganotantri Party and Bangladesh Communist Party, respectively will be held at 6 pm and 7 pm on January 3 (Monday).

However, no date has been set for talks with other political parties.

Secretaries concerned to Bangabhaban were also present in the talks.

Earlier, a series of dialogues were held with the participation of political parties ahead of the ninth, tenth and eleventh parliamentary polls.

The President has the authority to appoint the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and upto four Election Commissioners.

In the last few terms, the President formed the Election Commission on the basis of the recommendations of the ‘Search Committee’.

The current EC’s five-year term will expire on February 14 next year.

The President of the Republic will form a new commission, under which the 12th parliamentary elections will be held.