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BNP terms proposed law on EC formation ‘same old system’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Major opposition BNP has criticised the government’s proposed law on formation of Election Commission, saying that it would be the same old system.

“The government is making evil effort to give legal shape to the ongoing process of reconstituting loyal and useless election commission for the party

[Awami League’s] interest. The result of this process will be old wine in new bottle,” BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said.

The BNP leader came up with the statement while addressing a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office in the capital on Tuesday. The party arranged the press conference to talk about resolution of its standing committee meeting held on Monday night.

The government on Monday approved the draft of a law to form the new Election Commission through a search committee.

"The Election Commission will be formed only by those government officials or those who are employed in various organisations, who are accustomed to obey government orders throughout their lives. The thing that was being done in an administrative manner so far will happen legally now. That's why we are calling it old wine in a new bottle," Nazrul Islam Khan said.

He said, “The draft law says one cannot be a member of the search committee unless he/she has extensive experience in government service. That means, civil society members, educationists or lawyers cannot be the members of the committee. Nowhere in the world will you find this kind of restriction."

The BNP standing committee member claimed that people do not expect anything more from an ‘unelected’ government. “They think that only an elected government has moral capacity and ability to form a neutral and independent election commission.”

He said the opposition party is not going to participate in election under the incumbent Awami League government and its administration. “We will not participate in election under their designed administration.”

Nazrul Islam Khan also termed the President's dialogue with the political parties over the EC formation ‘meaningless’.

“We don't know whether the President proposed anything yet as the prime minister is enacting a law. The Cabinet Division is forming the law when the president is holding the dialogue. So, this dialogue has no value and that's why we didn’t participate [in such dialogue]. It’s meaningless," he said.