BNP submits EC proposals to President

BNP has submitted its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s 13-point proposal on the Election Commission formation to Bangabhaban for President Abdul Hamid’s consideration.

A two-member BNP delegation, including vice-chairman Ruhul Alam Chowdhury and party’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi delivered a copy of Khaleda Zia’s proposals and another letter from the party seeking the President’s appointment at around 11am.

Assistant military secretary to the President, Brig Gen Mainur Rahman received the proposal paper and the letter on behalf of the President.

President Abdul Hamid has left for Singapore at around 10:30 am for his medical checkup there.

President’s assistant press secretary Mahmudul Hasan told reporters the BNP party men delivered a printed copy of Khaled Zia’s proposals on Election Commission formation and a letter signed by the party secretary general to the President’s assistant military secretary.

Mahmudul Hasan told the BNP team that President Abdul Hamid will hold dialogue gradually with political parties on the EC formation after his return from Singapore.

The President is likely to return home on December 11.

Coming out of the President’s residence, BNP leader Rizvi said they have submitted their chairperson’s proposal and a letter to Mainur Rahman to hand those over to the President.

He said their party hopes that the President as the guardian of the state will take effective steps to form an ‘acceptable’ Election Commission as per hopes and aspirations of people.

When asked why they came to Bangabhaban despite knowing that the President is out of the country, Rizvi replied they had gone there according to the schedule given earlier by Bangabhaban officials.

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

On November 18, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia placed a 13-point proposal for forming the new EC and called for reconstituting the EC in consultation with representatives of all registered political parties or with representatives of all political parties who over different periods had representation in the national parliament.

On November 21, the BNP chairperson’s personal secretary Abdus Sattar had called the President’s military secretary seeking a schedule so that a party delegation can submit her proposals to the President. Getting no response, a party on November 23 sent a formal letter to Bangabhaban seeking President Abdul Hamid’s appointment to submit the 13-point proposal.

As Bangabhaban did not reply to BNP’s pleas, they finally decided to hand over the proposals to Bangabhaban personally.

Earlier, President’s press secretary Joynal Abedin told reporters that President Abdul Hamid will hold dialogue with all registered political parties to reconstitute the Election Commission (EC).

“The dialogue will begin after December 16,” he said.

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