Search Committee must follow principles of transparency, neutrality: Quader

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Dhaka, Feb 06: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today said the members of the Search Committee, formed to constitute a new Election Commission (EC), have obligations to follow the principles of transparency and impartiality within its legal framework.

The President will form a new EC from the list of the persons recommended by this search committee, he said in a statement.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said recently ‘the Appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and Other Commissioners Bill-2022’ was passed in the Parliament.

Since the country’s independence, he said, the Election Commission will be formed for the first time following this specific law.

Responding to an allegation of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir that the search committee was formed purposively, the AL general secretary said those, who introduced the ill-politics of seizing state power through killing-coup-conspiracy in this country, can make such irresponsible remarks.

Only those, who repeatedly violated the Constitution and traditional laws to assert their sovereignty by grabbing state power and carried out the steamroller of dictatorial ruling on the country’s people, can show the audacity to call such legal framework worthless, he added.

Quader said the people of Bangladesh do not tolerate the imperious and irresponsible remarks of any quarter and do not fear any threat of conspirators.

Violating the democratic culture and rights of the country’s people, BNP founder Ziaur Rahman had made mockery to the nation by imposing a curfew-mark-democracy in the country, he said.

At the same time, the road transport minister said, Zia violated the country’s Constitution and laws by grabbing both the posts of the army chief and the President of the country.

Following the Zia’s footsteps, the BNP is bearing the tradition of ill-politics, he said, in its continuity, the BNP leaders get irritated when they hear about the words of any law or rule or policy.