Khaleda says her proposals could be a base for dialogue

Khaleda says her proposals could be a base for dialogue


BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday said her proposals on the formation of new Election Commission can be a base to initiate a dialogue for holding a competitive national election with the participation of all political parties.“I’ve presented a plan for an effective EC. For truly fair polls talks on this basis can be initiated. The government can also use this option,” Khaleda tweeted.

On Friday, Khaleda Zia at a city hotel presented a 13-point proposal for the formation of a new stronger Election Commission (EC) to hold credible elections saying that the next Commission must be constituted based on the consensus of all political parties ahead of the 11th general election to be held in 2019.In her proposals, Khaleda focused on determining the qualifications of election commissioners and formation of a search committee for appointing election commissioners on the basis of a consensus among political parties, empowering and strengthening the EC, keeping the partisan election officials out of election duty, and deployment of defence forces with magisterial power during the polls.Mentioning that the facilitative role of an election-time neutral administration is a must to enable the EC offer a fair and credible election, the BNP chief said she will also spell out the framework of a neutral election-time government before the nation at an appropriate time.


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