BNP’s Fakhrul expects President to take steps to constitute ‘neutral’ election commission


BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said his party is looking forward to the President’s initiative to form a neutral Election Commission.


The President will form a search committee to constitute an impartial and acceptable Election Commission (EC) as he concluded discussions with political parties over the issue, the BNP leader hoped.


“We do positive politics. Our chairperson Khaleda Zia has already placed a nice proposal (on EC formation). On the basis of the proposal, the President talked to the political parties.  We now hope he’ll constitute a neutral Commission through forming an impartial search committee for fair polls,” said Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.


He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths, led by Khaleda, at their party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave, marking his 81st birth anniversary.


Asked what will be their party’s action if a neutral search committee is not formed, Fakhrul said, “We’ve already said the country’s people won’t accept if the impartial EC and search committee are not constituted.”


President Abdul Hamid initiated talks with political parties on December 18 over the formation of the new Election Commission (EC) as the tenure of the current Commission expires in February next. It ended on Wednesday after talks with 31 registered political parties.


Earlier on Tuesday, the President during talks with the delegations of Khelafat Majlish and Jamiat-e-Ulama e Islam Bangladesh at Bangabhaban urged all the political parties to hold talks among themselves for having a credible general election in the country.