• Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
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EC decides to extend deadline for comment on the draft law

  • Published at 09:17 pm July 7th, 2020
the Election Commission
Photo: Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The decision was announced by EC Secretary Md Alamgir on Tuesday at EC Bhaban in the capital

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to extend the deadline as several political parties are yet to give their opinions on the draft bill of the Party Registration Act 2020 within the stipulated time.

The decision was announced by EC Secretary Md Alamgir on Tuesday at EC Bhaban in the capital.

The EC secretary said: “The commission is extending its time to comment on the draft law as several parties, including Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), did not give their opinions on the party registration act amid the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Moreover, several other parties also asked for a time extension. Considering the overall situation, the EC decided to extend the time for a few more days, Alamgir said.

Later, the EC will issue a notice in this regard, he added.

On June 17, the EC called on political parties and civil society members to comment on the draft law. The last day to share their opinions on the EC website was July 7.

On July 2, BNP urged the EC to refrain from reframing a new political party registration act until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

When asked about the BNP’s demand, the EC secretary said: “The commission will decide later.”

The commission headed by ATM Shamsul Huda set up the provision for registration under the Representation of the People Order (RPO) before the ninth parliamentary elections in 2008. It asked political parties to fulfil any one of the three main conditions to get registered.

According to the RPO, which was amended in 2008, there is an obligation for all political parties to ensure 33% or one third of women representatives in all sectors, including party central committees, by 2020.

But now the EC wants to enact a separate law without the provisions and conditions related to the registration of political parties as outlined in Article 90A-90I of RPO 1972.

According to the drafted political party registrations law, the registration of a political party will be cancelled if the political party fails to secure a seat in the parliamentary election for two consecutive terms.

The new law will be written in Bangla. At present, there are 41 registered political parties in the country.

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