AL to put forward 11-point suggestions for credible holding of next election
October 17th, 2017 at 10:27 pm
AL to put forward 11-point suggestions for credible holding of next election

Dhaka – The ruling Awami League party is expected to put a number of recommendations for credible holding of the next general election due by next year as the party joins the dialogue with election commission Wednesday.

Party insiders said Tuesday that the party would favour introduction of electronic voting machine, deployment of army troops as striking force during the election and a number of changes in the electoral rules.

Awami League election conducting committee co-chairman and advisory council member HT Imam will lead the 21-member delegation. The party plans to submit a set of 11-point recommendations, according to Obaidul Quader, general secretary of the party.

The Election Commission headed by KM Nurul Huda began the series of dialogue with political parties and civil society actors for holding the 11th parliamentary election in a peaceful manner.

The commission held talks with major political parties, including Bangladesh Nationalist Party, an opposition outside parliament.

The Awami League is scheduled to hold the meeting at 11am Wednesday. AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, Presidium Members Abdul Matin Khasru and Md. Abdur Razzak, joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanok and Abdur Rahman will be among the delegation.

The party is learnt to have put inclusion of expatriates in voter list and removing errors in voter list in its proposal.

Mohammed Nasim, a senior leader of the party, said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will discharge routine work as election-time interim government.

The commission held dialogues with civil society members on July 31 and media representatives on August 16 and 17.

The commission has planned to hold dialogues with election observers on October 22, women leaders on October 23 and with election experts on October 24.