Search Committee will disclose names, eminent citizens expect

Sun Online Desk

1st February, 2017 06:17:10 printer

Search Committee will disclose names, eminent citizens expect

The four eminent citizens on Wednesday hoped that the search committee formed by President Abdul Hamid would disclose their recommended names for constituting new Election Commission (EC).


The four distinguished personalities of the country’s civil society met at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge in Dhaka.

The eminent citizens are former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Mohammad Abu Hena, jurist Rokanuddin Mahmud, daily Shamokal Editor Golam Sarwar and Daily Star Mahfuz Anam.

After the meeting, Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan told journalists that they have suggested the search committee to recommend names of efficient, honest, acceptable and nonpartisan persons for the EC.

He said the search committee will hold a meeting at 4 pm tomorrow (Thursday) to finalize names for the new EC. It may be possible for the committee to finalize its proposal by February 8, he added.

If needed, the search committee may include names beyond those proposed by the political parties in its recommendation to the President, he added.

The search committee is led by Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain of the Appellate Division. Other members are Justice Obaidul Hassan of the High Court Division, Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Mohammad Sadiq, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Masud Ahmed, Dhaka University English Department Professor Syed Manzurul Islam and Chittagong University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Shirin Akhter.