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Awami League joins Election Commission dialogue today

Sun Online Desk     18th October, 2017 09:46:27 printer

Awami League joins Election Commission dialogue today

The Election Commission (EC) will hold dialogue with Awami League (AL) on Wednesday as part of its ongoing talks with 40 registered political parties ahead of the 11th Jatiya Sangsad election.


According to the EC schedule, the commission will sit with a 21-member delegation of the country's largest political party at 11am. The delegation will be led by party's election conducting committee co-chairman and advisory council member HT Imam.


AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Presidium Members Adv. Abdul Matin Khasru and Dr. Md. Abdur Razzak, Joint General Secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Dr Dipu Moni, Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanok and Abdur Rahman and senior leaders will join it.


Obaidul Quader earlier said AL would place an 11-point proposal in the dialogue with the Election Commission.


Party sources said their proposals will include holding the parliament vote under the election-time government as per the constitution, while the party may oppose deployment of army, any big change in RPO and delimitation of constituency without urgent needs.


Besides, introducing EVM system, inclusion of expatriates in voter list and removing errors in voter list will be in the proposals.


The AL may favour deployment of army as striking force in maintaining the law and order if necessary, the sources said.


Awami League presidium member Mohammed Nasim said the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will discharge the duty of polls-time interim government.


"The election-time government will conduct routine works. The election will be conducted by the Election Commission," he added.


Nasim said his party will not go beyond the constitution. "Going beyond the constitution means creating an unstable situation," he observed.


The EC has been holding dialogues with political parties as per the commission's work-plan to hold the next parliament election.


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


Later from August 24, the commission started holding talks with 40 registered political parties. So far, EC held dialogues with 35 parties.


On October 19, EC will hold talks with Jatiya Party (JP) at 11am and Liberal Democratic Party at 3 pm.


Later, it will hold dialogues with election observer on October 22, women leaders on October 23 and with election experts on October 24.