The Election Commission still looks for a political compromise to complete the change to the election code of conduct as the countdown for the 10th parliamentary election began on Sunday.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Sunday said the commission should not complete the amendments to the code of conduct for political parties and candidates before a political consensus between two major political parties over the formation of election-time government.
“If the code is finalised before the political understanding, all the doors will get shut. So, we’re still waiting for a political compromise,” he told reporters while leaving his EC office in the evening. Expressing the hope for a political consensus over the nature of election-time cabinet, the CEC said, “We hope there’ll be a compromise between the two major political parties. And the election will be held with the participation of all.”
“The code of conduct will be finalised this week,” he noted adding, “We want to ensure a hundred percent level-playing field ahead of the polls for all.” Over the parliamentary standing committee’s proposal for the removal of a provision for an individual to have at least a three-year membership of a political party to contest the national election from the party, the CEC said it is the job of the legislators.
They will decide whatever they think good for the people who voted them to Parliament. Turning to the country’s law and order situation, Rakibuddin said some stray incidents occurred across the country, which were unwarranted. Earlier last week, the commission finalised draft of the election code of conduct for political parties and candidates, but did not disclose it as the EC awaits a solution to the ongoing political stalemate over the polls-time government. – UNB