Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
AL proposes law for EC appointment, e-voting in next election
January 11th, 2017 at 8:38 pm
AL proposes law for EC appointment, e-voting in next election

Dhaka – The ruling Awami League party on Wednesday recommended an enactment of a law for reconstitution of the Election Commission.

The party led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the proposal before President Abdul Hamid as he initiated a series of dialogue with the political parties.

The Awami League, which assumed office in 2014 through an election boycotted by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, also suggested for introduction of e-voting from the next general election slated for late 2018.

The party general secretary Obaidul Quader formally came up with the outcome of the dialogue with the president at a press conference organized at the party president’s Dhanmondi office.

The party said it want an election commission capable for holding a free, fair and neutral election where electors can exercise their rights to franchise without fear and favour.

“The president will take necessary steps on reforming the EC in due time using his constitutional power,” Suranjit Sengupta, an advisory council member of the party, told reporters after the meeting.

A 19-member AL delegation, led by the party’s chief, entered Bangabhaban around 4:00pm and came out around 5:40pm.

With the meeting Wednesday, the president wrapped up the dialogue series as he had invited 22 more political parties, including Bangladesh Nationalist Party of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, for election commission reform.

Tenure of the current election commission headed by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad will be expired in February.