Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder issues note of dissent
The Election Commission (EC) has approved the draft of the Political Parties Registration Act, 2020.
The draft was approved on Wednesday with necessary amendments at a meeting presided over by Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.
Following revision, the draft will be sent to the law ministry, EC Senior Secretary Md Alamgir informed the media.
At the meeting, Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder issued a note of dissent opposing the decision.
He said he could not find any means of reaching an agreement on the decision, which was why he chose to register a note of dissent.
"I fully oppose this decision. Representation of The Peoples Order (RPO) 1972 is a historical document. Enacting a separate law for political parties’ registration will be like losing an organ of the RPO 1972," Mahbub Talukder said.
He said he did not see any necessity for the enactment of a separate law.
The election commissioner said the RPO could be amended if necessary instead of enacting a separate law on the registration of political parties.
Two major political parties and some other political parties are against a separate law as well, Mahbub added.
EC secretary Alamgir said registration of new political parties was not mentioned in the Representation of the People Order (RPO) of 1972 and later it was added to the RPO in 2008.
"Due to lack of time it was hastily added to the RPO. The present election commission feels that a separate law is necessary," he said.
He said the commission had gathered opinions from 17 registered political parties and 41 individuals and representatives from various organisations in this regard.