Dhaka – A faction of opposition Jatiya Party has called upon President Abdul Hamid to hold talks with civil society actors to form a credible election commission.
Bangladesh Jatiya Party, an alliance partner of Bangladesh Nationalist Party of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, made the demand Tuesday when a delegation of the party headed by Andalib Rahman Partho met with the President at the Bangabhaban.
The President initiated a dialogue with political parties on December 18 ahead of the reconstitution of the Election Commission as the tenure of the present commission headed by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad is scheduled to expire next month.
Hamid hold the talks with a number of parties, including the BNP, an opposition party outside parliament, in the past weeks. He is also scheduled to hold talks with ruling Awami League party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on January 11.
The BJP chief said the president should hold dialogue with neutral, honest and qualified people.
The party suggested that the Election Commission should be comprised of nine member. Apart from the Chief Election Commissioner, eight other members should get for eight divisions.
Bangladesh Trikat Federation, another party in the ruling coalition, earlier placed a 19-point proposal before the president to form the commission with nonpartisan dignitaries.
The federation chairman Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari led a 10-member delegation to the Bangabhaban.
The federation proposed appointment of nonpartisan journalist (below 50 years old), former Dhaka University vice chancellor or head of its any department and a neutral, honest and dignified person as election commissioners.
During the talks, the party urged the president to take initiatives to set up a separate and independent election office to strengthen activities of the quasi-judicial body.