BNP's letter at Bangabhaban seeking to meet president

BNP’s letter at Bangabhaban seeking to meet president


The BNP has now written to meet President Md Abdul Hamid to discuss the Khaleda Zia’s proposals over the next Election Commission.The letter, signed by Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, reached the Bangabhaban on Wednesday afternoon.In a press briefing prior to that, Mirza Fakhrul said the move came as their telephone call to the Bangabhaban did not yield a response.”The personal secretary (to Khaleda Zia) spoke with the president’s military secretary on Sunday over telephone.

He sought an appointment for a three-member BNP delegation. But military secretary is yet to respond,” he said.The BNP chief proposed a 13-point proposal for the structure and method of constituting the next EC, set to take office from February, when the tenure of the current commission will come to an end.The next commission will oversee the general election in 2019.At a press conference on Friday, Khaleda, who had boycotted the previous election, put up some proposals for the next Election Commission.The BNP chairperson said the next commission would have to be formed on the basis of a consensus involving every registered political party, or those elected to Parliament since independence.She outlined amendments to the Representation of the People Order that would alter the rules guiding the formation of the commission, the way eligibility of the commissioners are evaluated, and guarantee participation of all parties in the next election.Ruling Awami League’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader called the BNP’s proposal “devoid of substance”.Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad said those who were not in Parliament had “no right to discuss” the EC.


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