Government Policy

President will hold talks on EC: Bangabhaban

President Abdul Hamid will hold talks with all registered political parties over reconstitute the Election Commission (EC), a Bangabhaban spokesman said today.

"The honourable President will hold the dialogue as per the article 118 before appointing the Chief Election Commissioner and commissioners. The dialogue is expected to begin after December 16," President's press secretary Joynal Abedin told BSS.

The tenure of current EC expires in February next and the new EC will have to conduct the next general election scheduled to be held in 2019.

In 2012, then President Zillur Rahman appointed the incumbent Chief Election Comissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad to lead the five-member commission on recommendations of a search committee after holding meetings with political parties.

There are 40 registered political parties now in the country. The presidential house spokesman said earlier in the morning BNP handed over its proposals to Bangabhaban on reconstitution.

BNP's vice-chairperson Major General (retd) Ruhul Alam Chowdhury and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi handed over the proposals to President's assistant military secretary Brigadier General Md Mainur Rahman at Bangabhaban.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)