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AL ready to make law on forming EC

Published : Wednesday, 11 January, 2017 at 9:51 PM Count : 194

The Awami League has told President Md Abdul Hamid that it is prepared to make a law 'right away' on the constitution of Election Commission.

An Awami League delegation of 19 members, headed by party chief Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, went to the Bangabhaban on Wednesday to join the ongoing dialogue on forming the next EC.

The President's Press Secretary Md Zainal Abedin briefed the media on the meeting that lasted for one and a half hours at Darbar Hall.

Hasina presented her party's proposals at the meeting. The proposals included passing a suitable law or ordinance, right at the moment if possible, to appoint the chief election commissioner and other election commissioners.

"Initiatives can be taken in light of direction in the Constitution from now on so that it will be possible to implement (the proposal) while forming the EC after the next one, if not in constituting the next one for lack of time," the party told the president.

The Section 118 (1) of the Constitution says: "There shall be an Election Commission for Bangladesh consisting of the Chief Election Commissioner and not more than four Election Commissioners and the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (if any) shall, subject to the provisions of any law made in that behalf, be made by the President." 

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