Dhaka – The ruling Awami League is set to come up with a number of recommendations to reconstitute the Election Commission as the party is scheduled to sit with President Abdul Hamid for discussion in the afternoon, party insiders said.
The AL headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opts for an independent and strong election commission so that the next elections are hold in a credible manner.
Hamid initiated the formal talks with political parties for formation of the new EC as the tenure of the current Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad-led EC expires in February.
A total of 23 political parties were invited at the Bangabhaban for their suggestions to find acceptable persons to be appointed as Election Commissioner and the Chief Election Commissioner.
In Wednesday’s meeting, presumed to be the last one in this series, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, is expected to lead an 19-member delegation to Bangabhaban.
The meeting is scheduled at 4 pm, President’s press secretary Joynal Abedin said.
AL General secretary Obaidul Quader, advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, AMA Muhith, HT Imam, Yusuf Hossain Humayun and Mohammad Zamir, presidium members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mohammad Nasim, Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun and Syed Ashraful Islam, joint general secretaries Dr Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, legal affairs secretary Abdul Matin Khasru, publicity and publication secretary Hasan Mahmud and law minister Anisul Huq are expected to attend the meeting, according to a report by the state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
The President began the dialogue with Bangladesh Nationalist Party, an opposition outside parliament, of former prime minister Khaleda Zia on December 18.
The BNP suggested formation of a search committee for reconstitution of the election commission. It also placed proposal to strengthen the EC and amend the electoral laws.
Jatiyo Party –led by former military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ersahd placed a five-point proposal. The party proposed enactment of a law in line with the constitution for reconstitution of the election commission.
Liberal Democratic Party laid emphasis on solving the problem through discussion. It also suggested for a law.
Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) proposed formation of a neutral and strong EC and inclusion of woman representatives in the new commission.
Workers Party of Bangladesh placed an eight-point proposal. It also proposed inclusion of two women in the EC and formulation of a law for the appointment of the chief election commissioner and other election commissioners.
Bangladesh Nationalist Front placed a five-point proposal, including one for appointing election commissioners in phases to maintain continuity of the EC.
Islami Oikya Jote, a right-wing political party based on religion, placed an eight-point proposal. The party suggested an eight-member election commission.
Jatiya Party-led by Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Manju proposed appointing election commissioners in phases to maintain continuity of the EC.
Bangladesh Tarikat Federation placed a 17-point proposal that included formation of a search committee. It said the people having belief in the spirit of Liberation War should be included in the election commission.
Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) placed a five-point proposal for formation of a search committee and the new EC.
Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal, a left-leaning political party, proposed formation of a constitutional council comprising Prime Minister, Speaker, Chief Justice, Opposition Leader and Attorney General for proposing names of election commissioners to the President for the constitution of a new EC.
National Awami Party put forward a 7-point proposal and proposed making a law as well as regulations for formation of the EC.
Communist Party of Bangladesh placed a seven-point proposal that includes enactment of a law as per the constitution to appoint chief election commissioner and other commissioners.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal placed a three-point proposal, including enactment of a law as a permanent solution to formation of EC.
Gano Forum placed a nine-point proposal while Ganotontri Party and Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan put forward an eight-point proposal each for formation of a new EC.
Gano Forum also proposed enacting a law as per the constitution to appoint election commissioners and ensure financial freedom of the EC.
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh placed a three-point proposal and Islami Andolan Bangladesh put forward a 7-point proposal for formation of new EC.
Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal placed a five-point proposal for over the formation of a search committee and the new EC.
Its proposals include enacting a law as per the constitution to appoint election commissioners, constituting a nine-member EC instead of existing five members.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Ambia) placed a five-point proposal. Its proposals include forming a search committee with the heads of constitutional organizations and former Chief Election Commissioners.