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The delegation thanked president Hamid for initiating discussions with the political parties on the formation of election commission as the current EC’s five-year term will expire in February next year, according to the Bangabhaban press wing.

The BWP leaders also suggested that the president exchange views with civil society representatives on the formation of the EC, the election watchdog.

They said the election commission should be independently capable of implementing the country’s electoral laws to ensure free and fair voting.

If quality is not ensured in politics, it will be difficult for politicians to do politics in future. In this regard, the political parties have to build the right public opinion at the grassroots level
President M Abdul Hamid

Welcoming the delegation of Workers Party at Bangabhaban, president Hamid said that politics is for the welfare of the people.

“If quality is not ensured in politics, it will be difficult for politicians to do politics in future. In this regard, the political parties have to build the right public opinion at the grassroots level,” he said.

BWP is an ally of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.

After the dialogue, speaking to media, Rashed Khan Menon said, “This is the third time we have been holding dialogues with the president about the formation of election commission. This is unfortunate that we had to meet for the third time over the same issue.”

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Rashed Khan Menon further said they proposed to enact a law to form EC in 2011. The same proposal was given in 2016, he added.

“Composing a law is a must to dispel lack of trust over the process of forming the election commission,” said Menon, who was a cabinet member of in the previous government of Awami League. “The president also thinks composition of a law has become a must for the formation of EC.”

On Monday, president Hamid discussed with Khilafat Majlis for the formation of an acceptable election commission. Khilafat Majlis’ eight-member team was led by its secretary-general Ahmed Abdul Quader.

Before that, a seven-member delegation of Bangladesh Tariqat Federation led by Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari also sat in dialogue with the president.

Opening the current round of dialogue with the Jatiya Party, the main opposition party in the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament), on 20 December president Hamid has so far met with the leaders of six political parties.

Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP) joined the dialogue on Sunday.

On the other hand, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), invited to Bangabhaban on Sunday last, declined the invitation.

According to Bangabhaban press wing, the other parties invited for the dialogue are Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) and Islami Oikya Jote on 29 December, Gano Forum and Bikalpo Dhara on 2 January 2022, Ganotantri Party and Communist Party of Bangladesh on 3 January.

The country has now 39 registered political parties, according to the EC website and only nine of them have representation in parliament.

The nine parties are Bangladesh Awami League, Jatiya Party, de facto opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Bangladesh Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, Gano Forum, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation and Jatiya Party-JP.

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