Don’t trigger any debate on EC | 2016-09-23 |

Don’t trigger any debate on EC

Ashraf urges BNP

Staff Correspondent

23 September, 2016 12:00 AM printer

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam on Thursday urged BNP not to spark any ‘unnecessary’ debate about the Election Commission.
“The President appoints the Election Commission and he reconstitutes the body after a discussion with all stakeholders,” he told reporters after a meeting with district level leaders at the party chief’s political office in the city’s Dhanmondi area.
The tenure of the incumbent EC, led by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed, will be completed in February next year.
Law Minister Anisul Haq already hinted that like the previous year a search committee would be formed to reconstitute the EC, which would hold the next parliamentary polls slated for 2019.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a programme on Tuesday said that countrymen would not accept any committee which would be formed ignoring the public opinion.
Responding to his counterpart, Ashraf said, “Where will we go if we trigger controversy over everything, including the Supreme Court, High Court and Election Commission?”
Hinting at the BNP, he said: “There will be no civilisation and rule of law if we provoke unnecessary debate on constitutional bodies.”
The AL spokesperson suggested that these bodies should be untouched by controversy.  
It is not fair to undermine the constitutional bodies like Election Commission, Supreme Court and High Court, as they are the pillars of civilisation.
The party held the meeting with the district level leaders of Gazipur, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Manikganj and Dhaka to make its mass reception programme a success.
The party will accord a reception to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on September 26 on her return from the United States of America after attending the 71st UN session.
AL leaders Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and BM Mozammel Haque, among others, were present.