No room for debate on EC talks with president, says justice minister


At a Dhaka Reporters Unity event on Wednesday, the minister said he also wanted a new law to clarify the rules for forming a new EC, but that would not be possible in time for new appointments, and that he was unwilling to do so. by an order.

“It is impossible. We are not ready to sidestep the government and the parliament to adopt a new constitutional order on the formation of the electoral commission.

“The Honorable President is meeting with the parties for a dialogue. I believe that the new Electoral Commission will be formed according to his decisions. This is the responsibility of the Honorable President.

Although the president has the power to form an electoral commission, the Constitution also authorizes the formation of a commission by the adoption of a specific law. But such a law has not been passed for the past 50 years.

On the last two occasions the parties discussed the issue with the president, a search committee was then formed to recommend names from which the president chooses to appoint a new electoral commission.

The same process was followed this time, with the president engaging in talks with the parties. So far, six parties have spoken to the president. All called for a new law on the formation of the EC.

The BNP boycotted the talks, calling the effort a “meaningless farce” and saying the main problem was that a partisan government would be in place by election time.

The Minister of Justice, speaking at the annual meeting of the Crime Reporters Association at the Dhaka Reporters Unity, said the chairman would obtain names for a search committee from discussions with the various parties and that he would choose from among the names proposed by this search committee.

“The members of the search committee will be a senior judge of the Appeal Division, a judge of the High Court, the chairman of the Civil Service Commission and the Auditor and Comptroller General. They all hold constitutional positions. Two are members of civil society.

“There are no members of any political party. Government person. They will select 10 names and send them to the honorable president. Everyone has the right and the power to send a name. I don’t think there is much to dispute concerning the formation of the Works Council.

On Tuesday, the Workers’ Party urged the president to take the lead in getting the law passed in the next session.

The justice minister had previously said he would be able to present legislation to parliament regarding the formation of the EC in the next two sessions.


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