Justice Minister Anisul Huq said today that the government has drafted the Electoral Commission Law to strengthen the commission and bring transparency and accountability to the electoral process.
“No other government in the past has dared to pass this law. This government did this to give a legal framework for the formation of the Electoral Commission,” he said.
Anisul Huq was speaking during a program organized by the Electoral Commission to distribute special smart NIDs among heroic freedom fighters and to launch the Bengali version of the People’s Representation Order (RPO), 1972 in a Dhaka hotel.
The Minister said that the Election Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has won people’s trust and respect.
He said the commission has released a reliable voters list, smart NID cards and introduced electronic voting machines which are essential elements in conducting an acceptable election.
The minister also thanked the EC for delivering special NIDs to the heroic freedom fighters and for the Bengali translation of the RPO, 1972 to the language movement month.
The words “Bir Muktijoddha” (Heroic Freedom Fighters) have been inscribed on the special NID cards – designed as a tribute to the brave sons and daughters of the soil.
CEC Nurul Huda said, “This Election Commission will go down in history for designing these special NID cards for freedom fighters and for publishing the Bengali translation of RPO, 1972.”
The translation will help political leaders and grassroots activists understand the activities of the EC, he said.
Electoral Commissioners Begum Kabita Khanam and Md Rafiqul Islam also spoke on the occasion, but Electoral Commissioner Mahbub Talukder and Brigadier General (Retired) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury were unable to attend the program due to health issues.