Search committee meets President Monday

Search committee meets President Monday


The search committee will meet President Abdul Hamid on Monday evening at Bangabhaban, and is likely to propose 10 names to him for appointing the new chief election commissioner (CEC) and four commissioners.

“The search committee is scheduled to meet the President at 6:30pm tomorrow (Monday),” President’s press secretary Joynal Abedin told UNB.

He also said the search panel is expected to submit their proposed names to the President for appointing the new CEC and election commissioners.

On January 25 last, the President formed the search committee, headed by Supreme Court’s Appellate Division Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, to propose prospective names of CEC and other commissioners by February 8 as the tenure of the current EC expires next week.

The search panel talked to 16 noted citizens and took their opinions about the reconstitution of the EC.

The search committee on Tuesday prepared a shortlist with 20 people’s names from 125 names submitted by 25 political parties to form the next EC.

Later on Thursday, the search body at a meeting further reviewed the 20 shortlisted names, but could not finalise 10 names.

Additional cabinet secretary Abdul Wadud said the search committee will meet on Monday at 4am at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge before going to Bangabhaban.

He said a list of 10 names is expected to be finalised at the meeting.

The search panel will propose 10 names to the President, and Abdul Hamid will appoint no more than five persons to the EC from the names to be proposed by the search committee.


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