However, it said respected acceptable personalities should be included instead of relying on bureaucrats if the president goes for selecting a search committee for EC.

Welcoming the delegation at Bangabhaban, the president Hamid said that the views and suggestions of the political parties are very important in forming an acceptable Election Commission.

Secretary to the president's office Sampad Barua, military secretary Major General SM Salah Uddin Islam, Press Secretary to the President Md. Joynal Abedin were also present on the occasion.

President Hamid opened the dialogue on formation of the next EC on December 20. The current EC is scheduled to end its five-year term in February next.

So far 18 of 32 political parties who were invited in phases joined the talks while six did not participate in the talks.

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