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RPO not to be amended before next election

  • Published at 10:09 pm July 15th, 2018
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'An initiative to amend the RPO was taken earlier. But that's not happening anymore'

There will be no amendment in the Representation of the People Order (RPO) before the next parliamentary elections.

In response to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's comments on Sunday, Election Commission (EC) Secretariat Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told the press about the matter.

Criticizing the government Mirza Fakhrul said: “To remove the party's leadership from the election, the government is planning conspiracies against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman.”

“Basically, the government has started this mischief to ban BNP from all corners,” said Mirza Fakhrul.

Mirza Fakhrul further said: “BNP has learned from a reliable source that the EC is going to introduce a similar trend as per the section 7 of BNP’s constitution, the sole purpose of which is to take steps to remove Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman from BNP's leadership.”

“This act has been started to grab power and to keep BNP and Khaleda Zia out of the elections,” said Mirza Fakhru.

EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said: “An initiative to amend the RPO was taken earlier. But that's not happening anymore.”

According to EC sources, a committee was constituted by Election Commissioner Kabita Khanom, a few months ago for amendment of the RPO.

The committee made a draft and submitted it to the commission, but it was not acceptable until the end. However, the EC is not thinking of amending the RPO for the time being, because there is not enough time in the present situation before the election.

When asked, Election Commissioner Kabita Khanam said: “A consultant has been appointed to amend the RPO. He has got the proposed RPO of the EC. I do not know about any progress in this regard.”