New EC will be formed according to PM’s desires: BNP

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BNP has expressed ‘fears’ that the Prime Minister’s desire will be reflected in the new Election Commission (EC) formation by the search committee, despite the collection of names from political parties and plans to exchange views with eminent persons.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi talked about the party’s concerns on Sunday at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.

The search committee formed by President Abdul Hamid held its first meeting on Saturday asking each of the 31 political parties to propose five names by Tuesday next. All the 31 parties took part in talks with the President over formation of the next EC.

The search committee members also decided to sit with 12 eminent citizens of the country at Monday 4 pm to take their opinions over the new EC formation.

President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday formed a six-member search committee, headed by Supreme Court’s Appellate Division judge Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, for reconstituting the Election Commission (EC).

Rizvi said the results of talks over the Election Commission formation in the past were zero while the caretaker government system revoked through the 15th amendment to the constitution only to reflect an individual’s will though all MPs, Awami League leaders, noted citizens and constitutional experts had given opposite opinions.

“The same way, one person’s (PM’s) desire was reflected on the current Election Commission formation. Even after the President’s dialogue with political party this time, the search committee has been formed unilaterally. So, there’s no chance to reject the possibility of reflecting the one persons’ will in constituting the Election Commission,“ Rizvi said.

The BNP leader said people are in doubt whether the search panel will be able to form a neutral and stronger EC as it has been formed with pro-Awami League people.

Asked whether their party will propose any names to the search committee for the fresh Election Commission, he said BNP has not decided anything on it.

The BNP leader, however, said their party policymakers at their meeting tonight may take a decision in this regard.

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