EC begins electoral dialogue

The Election Commission will sit with 40 registered political parties, media personnel, and local leaders and election observers.

The Election Commission (EC) commenced dialogue with civil society members on Monday seeking their opinions in holding the next general polls.

The talk, which is a part of the EC’s planned dialogue with different political parties and other stakeholders, began this morning with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair, reports BSS.

An EC official said a good number of representatives of the civil society are attending the dialogue at the Election Commission office in Dhaka.

The issues of the discussion include amendments to the electoral laws and delimitation of the electoral constituencies, finalising of flawless voters’ list, fixation of voting centers and registration of new political parties.

SM Asaduzzaman, director public relation of the EC, said on Sundat that EC invited a total of 59 civil society members to attend the meeting.

The invited representatives include: former advisers to the caretaker administration Dr Akbar Ali Khan, M Hafiz Uddin Khan, Sultana Kamal, Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury, Dr Wahid Uddin Mahmud, Begum Rasheda K Chowdhury, Mirza Azizul Islam, Begum Rokeya A Rahman and Dr Hossain Zilliur Rahman, former Supreme Court judge Ghulam Rabbani, former Bangladesh Bank governor Dr Forash Uddin, Barrister Rafiqul Haque, Dr Shahdin Malik, former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder, former secretary Sa’dat Hossain, fellow of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Dr Debiopriya Bhatcharya, Major General (retd) SM Shamsul Arefin, Prof Nazrul Islam, Dr Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Prof Dr Ajoy Ray, Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Prof Syed Anower Hossain, Prof Abul Barakat,Chairman of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Rahat Khan, columnist Syed Abul Maksud, Senior Journalist of Prothom Alo Mizanur Rahman Khan and executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh Dr Iftekharuzzaman.

As part of the roadmap, the EC will also sit in talks with 40 registered political parties, media people, election observers, women leaders and election experts.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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