No scope of the dispute concerning the formation of the Works Council: Minister of Justice

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December 29, 2021, 4:20 p.m.

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Justice Minister Anisul Huq. Photo: Collected

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Justice Minister Anisul Huq. Photo: Collected

Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Anisul Huq said today that President Abdul Hamid has started a dialogue with political parties to form a search committee to eventually form an Electoral Commission (EC) and that the next EC would be formed in accordance with its decision.

“There is no reason to dispute the formation of the EC. It would be formed according to the decision taken by the president because it is his responsibility. Even I want an act to form the EC. But now it does not more time remains. It would not be fair to issue an ordinance in this regard, bypassing parliament,” the justice minister said.

He said this while addressing as a chief guest at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) in the capital, according to an official statement.

Chaired by CRAB President Mizan Malik and led by its Secretary General Alauddin Arif, the program was also addressed by, among others, Daily Jugantor Editor and National Press Club former President Saiful Alam, Rapid General Manager Action Battalion (RAB) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun and Dhaka Reporters Unit Chairman Nazrul Islam Mithu.

Anisul Huq said the search committee would be made up of a senior judge from the appellate division, a judge from the High Court division, the chairman of the Public Service Commission and the auditor and comptroller general. . All hold constitutional positions. The other two would come from civil society, he added.

“There would be no political figures in this search committee. This search committee would appoint 10 people and send the names to the president,” added the Minister of Justice.

Talking about the Digital Security Act (DSA), he said that Bangladesh needs this law.

“I know that there have been cases of abuse of this law. But we have taken the initiative to put an end to these abuses. Now, no journalist is arrested immediately after filing a complaint under of this law. The first authorities concerned examine everything. This law was not enacted to curb freedom of expression and freedom of the press”, he added.

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