Welcoming the delegation to Bangabhaban, the president said the opinions of political parties are very important for the formation of an acceptable election commission, president’s press secretary Joynal Abedin told the news agency.

“It’s necessary to evaluate the sacrifices of the leaders and workers and the principles and ideals of the party without giving priority to financial issues in politics in the interest of democracy,” said the president during the discussion.

He said that democracy should not be limited to only elections but it should also be spread through continuous practice.

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The president called upon the political parties to take initiatives to motivate people in this regard.

The BNF delegation thanked the president for initiating discussions with the political parties on the formation of the EC.

Earlier, on Tuesday, a seven-member delegation, led by Rashed Khan Menon, president of Worker’s Party of Bangladesh took part in discussions with president Hamid.

The president held talks with Khilafat Majlis (KM) as part of forming an acceptable EC on 27 December. Bangladesh Tariqat Federation, led by Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari, also sat in dialogue with the president on the same day.

President Hamid opened a talk with the Jatiya Party, the main opposition party in the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament), on 20 December.

According to Bangabhaban press wing, the other parties invited for the dialogue are Gono Forum and Bikalpo Dhara on 2 January, Ganotantri Party, Communist Party of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Khelafat Andolon on 3 January and Bangladesh Samyabadi Dal and Islami Andolon Bangladesh on 4 January.

There are only 39 registered political parties in Bangladesh, according to the EC website and only nine of them have representation in parliament.

The nine parties are Bangladesh Awami League, Jatiya Party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Workers Party of Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, Gono Forum, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation and Jatiya Party-JP.

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