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President to form EC in consultation with all: Quader

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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President to form EC in consultation with all: Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said that the President of the country will form an Election Commission (EC) through a search committee in consultation with all political parties.

“The President will form a neutral Election Commission (EC) through a search committee in consultation with all political parties,” he said in response to a comment of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

The BNP secretary general said that his party will not accept any general election without a neutral government.

Quader came up with the remark while handing over lease documents of plots among the affected people at the rehabilitation site of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge in Munshiganj.

The AL spokesperson said there would be a fair election under the next EC and keep trust on the President.

“Elections in the county will be held like the elections of other democratic countries across the world,” he said adding that the democracy of the country has become more matured now.

The minister said the caretaker government system does not exist in the country after the Supreme Court order in 2011.

“It is a settled issue, so there is no room to create any further debate over it. The court has sent it to the museum,” he said.

Urging all to take preparations for the next national polls, Quader said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants fair elections, so everyone should take preparations for the election instead of creating any chaos.

Criticizing BNP for making a demand for holding elections under the neutral caretaker government, Quader said, “You (BNP) want election under neutral government, but your leader once said that no one is neutral except the mad and children.”

“Getting a guarantee to win the election is neutrality to BNP. There is no issue regarding neutrality when the government is concerned. The EC should be neutral,” he added.

About implementation of the Padma Bridge project, Quader said the bridge is the outcome of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s prudence.

During the programme, the minister distributed lease documents of 20 plots, out of 823 and the rest will be given successively.

Some 3011 residential plots, 100 commercial plots and 20 commercial spaces in seven rehabilitation sites would be handed over to affected people gradually.