EC to hold talks with journalists by mid-August | 2017-08-03 |

EC to hold talks with journalists by mid-August

Staff Correspondent

3 August, 2017 12:00 AM printer

EC to hold talks 
with journalists 
by mid-August

The Election Commission (EC) will hold talks with senior journalists by mid-August to discuss issues related to the next parliamentary election.


The EC is working to prepare a list of some 74 senior journalists for inviting them to the talks on the second term of a three-month dialogue on the 11th parliamentary polls, sources concerned said.


Editors, some senior and prominent journalists of newspaper, television and electronic media will be on the list, they said.


The talks with the journalists will be held in two days as the commission was criticised for keeping one day for the civil society.


SM Asaduzzaman, director (PR) of EC, told the daily sun that the list of journalists is not prepared yet. They are working on it and the list will be finalised soon after getting approval from the EC.


The EC has already announced its roadmap to the 11th parliamentary election scheduled to be held between 2018 and 2019.


On Monday, the civil society members called upon the Election Commission to gain people’s confidence through making their activities acceptable to them ahead of the next national election.


They have suggested deployment of army personnel as a striking force and introduction of ‘No’ vote in the election scheduled to be held sometime between October 2018 and January 2019.


As part of its election roadmap, the commission held the talks with them to take their opinions on holding the polls in a transparent manner.


The EC invited 59 noted persons to the dialogue, but a good number of them were absent on various grounds.


Sources at the EC said 38 guests attended the talks with Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda in the chair.


Most of them called upon the EC to take proper steps for ensuring participation of all political parties in the election.


The commission will also hold talks with the political parties in August-September, election observers in October, women leaders in October and election experts in October.


Different election issues, including electoral law reform, making electoral process time-befitting one, delimitation of constituencies and updating the voter list, will come up for discussion at the dialogue.