AL proposes introducing e-voting, Quader on talks with President

Published: January 11, 2017 Updated: 11:31 pm

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said their party placed a four-point proposal, including enacting a law for the formation of the Election Commission and introducing e-voting system, before President Abdul Hamid.

He came up with the disclosure while briefing reporters at AL President’s Dhanmondi political office in the city on the outcomes of the AL’s talks with the President on the EC formation.

The other proposals include appointing the Chief Election Commissioner and other election commissioners in line with the Article 118 of the Constitution and taking whatever the President deems appropriate for recruiting the CEC and other commissioners.

Talking about the first two proposals, Quader said an appropriate law can be enacted or an ordinance can be promulgated right now over the appointment of the CEC and other commissioners if possible. “If it’s not possible due to the time constraint, it can be done before the formation of the Election Commission in the next time. And the initiative can start right now to enact the law in line with the Constitution,” he added.

About the 2nd proposal, the AL general secretary said e-voting system can be introduced in the next parliamentary elections for the sake of ensuring free, fair and neutral election.

Earlier, a 19-member AL delegation, led by AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, joined the talks with the President at 4pm at Bangabhaban to place its proposals over formation of the EC.

The other delegation members are Obaidul Quader, AL Advisory Council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, AMA Muhith, HT Imam, Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Mohammad Zamir; presidium members  Mohammad Nasim, Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun and Syed Ashraful Islam; joint general secretaries Dr Dipu Moni and  Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Legal Affair secretary Abdul Matin Khasru, Publicity and Publication secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, office secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap and Law Minister  Anisul Huq.

President Abdul Hamid initiated the formal talks with political parties about the EC formation with holding discussions with BNP on December 18 last year. He has so far held discussions with 23 political parties.

He took the dialogue initiative as the tenure of the current Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad-led EC expires in February next.

National Desk (UNB)