EC’s Dialogue: 2 more parties want army deployed, JS dissolved during polls

03 Oct,2017

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Joining the Election Commission’s dialogues, two political parties – Bangladesh Muslim League and Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan— on Monday proposed dissolution of Parliament and army deployment ahead of the national election, adding their voices to most parties that have met RFG a


Bangladesh Muslim League placed a 24-point proposal including dissolution parliament at least three months before the general election, deployment of army with magistracy power and arrangement of re-election in case of less than 50 percent voter turnout in any constituency.


But Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan placed a 38-point proposal including dissolution of parliament ahead of the parliamentary election and abolishment of the parliamentary seats reserved for women.


A Muslim League delegation led by its general secretary Kazi Abul Khayer joined the dialogue at 11am, while Khelafat Andolan team led by its chairman Maulana Shah Ataullah participated in the meeting at 3pm.


The two meetings were held at Nirbachan Bhaban with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair.


Among other major proposals placed by Muslim League wereation of an election-time government with a representative from each registered political party, refraining from the use of electronic voting machines (EVM) and restoration of ‘No Vote’ provision, bringing all polling stations under CCTV coverage and making additional district judges as returning officers. 


The other major proposals Khelafat Andolan placed include restoration of caretaker government system, cancellation of the provision to reach the goal of 33 percent women in all-level committees of political parties, deployment of the army from a day before the election, reducing the ceiling of election expenditure to Tk 10 lakh from the existing Tk 25 lakh and ensure voting rights of Bangladeshi expatriates.  


The EC has so far held talks with 20 political parties since August 24 as part of its dialogues with 40 registered parties to receive their opinions over the EC’s preparationsfor the next general election due to be held by January 2019


The Commission will sit in talks with HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party on October 9, while BNP on October 15 and Awami League on October 18.


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