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SC lawyer files writ to cancel new EC appointment gazette

  • Published at 06:06 pm February 12th, 2017
SC lawyer files writ to cancel new EC appointment gazette
The writ, filed by Advocate Eunus Ali Akond on Sunday, also sought an interim ruling to adjourn the oath taking ceremony of the newly-appointed election commissioners until the hearing. The writ says, according to the Public Servant (Retirement) Act, 1974, no retired person can be reappointed whereas all the newly selected election commissioners are retired personnel aged between 70 and 75. Persons aged above 65, are also not allowed for public services anywhere in the world, the writ added. The writ further claimed that according to the constitution of the country, election commissioners including the chief election commissioner has to be recruited through the formation of a law. But, the new commission was appointed without forming any law.
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This was a clear contradiction to the constitution, the writ read. The writ also pointed out that election commissions had been established as quasi-judicial bodies all around the world. But in Bangladesh, retired government executives were given preference over law experts, which was illegal. The writ read, retired employees were being reappointed in a country where hundreds of people do not have any employment opportunity. President Abdul Hamid appointed former secretary KM Nurul Huda as the chief election commissioner and four other election commissioners, including a woman for the first time, according to the gazette published on February 6. The other commissioners are: Mahbub Talukder, former additional secretary; Md Rafiqul Islam, ex-secretary; Begum Kabita Khanam, a former district and sessions judge; and Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury.