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New EC should be based on consensus: CEC

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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New EC should be based on consensus: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the new Election Commission (EC) should be formed on the basis of all-party consensus.

The CEC made the remark while talking to journalists after emerging from a meeting at the Election Commission secretariat in the capital.

Asked whether they have any opinion about the formation of the new EC, he said, “The Election Commission has no opinion on the formation of new commission. The commission is not usually asked for its opinion. If asked, we will sit in the commission and see if we have any opinion.”

In regard to the enactment of the law for the formation of the new commission, the CEC said, “The parliament makes the law. Our laws are enacted by the Ministry of Law. There is no indication of whether the law will be made or not.” 

Asked how a consensus could be achieved, he said, “The president could do it. Last time he spoke with the leaders of all political parties. President will decide what to do, I can’t say over this. We have nothing to do. We have no role in building consensus.”

Replying to a question on whether the law would end the crisis of confidence, he said it would depend on what kind of law it would be.

The CEC said no government has taken the initiative to enact such a law in the last 50 years, even though the constitution clearly provides for appointments of the Election Commission “subject to the provisions of the law”.

He also said, “The EC is not at the place of distrust at all. It cannot be said that people do not have confidence in the commission. If there is no confidence in EC, how can there be overcrowded voters in the elections that are taking place? 60-80 percent of people cast their vote. It is a place of trust.”