Dhaka –Main opposition in parliament Jatiyo Party on Tuesday placed a set of proposals to President Abdul Hamid to strengthen the election commission for credible holding of the national elections.
Chairman of the party Hussain Muhammad Ershad, a former military dictator notorious for election rigging, placed the recommendations that include enactment of a law for constitution of the election commission at a meeting with the President.
Ershad’s Jatiyo Party was invited at the series of political dialogues that Hamid initiated ahead of the reconstitution of the election commission since the tenure of the current commission headed by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad expires in February.
Earlier on December 18, the President held discussion with the leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, an opposition outside parliament.
Jatiyo Party Secretary General Ruhul Amin Hawlader told a press conference that his party underscored the need for to a specific law to constitute the Election Commission.
“We urged the president to take an initiative to pass the law in parliament,” he said after an 18-member delegation led by Ershad met the president at Bangabhaban at around 3:00 pm.
The party said the election commission must exercise its authority independently. It also suggested for setting up an independent secretariat for the election commission. The job of the commission officials will be non-transferrable, recommended the party.