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President picks ex-bureaucrat KM Nurul Huda as next CEC

  • Published at 06:52 pm February 6th, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:17 pm February 7th, 2017
President picks ex-bureaucrat KM Nurul Huda as next CEC
The other four commissioners are former additional secretary Mahbub Talukder, former secretary Rafiqul Islam, former district and sessions judge Begum Kabita Khanam and Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury. [caption id="attachment_45035" align="alignleft" width="193"]Former sessions judge Begum Kabita Khanam Collected Former district and sessions judge Begum Kabita Khanam Collected[/caption] Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam announced the names the president appointed for the CEC and other commissioners at a press briefing at 9:30pm Monday. Earlier around 6pm the president's search committee for Election Commission reconstitution submitted 10 names to him. The six-member search committee sat down with a short list of 20 names, taken from the 125 recommendations from 27 political parties and finalised 10 names in a two-hour meeting. [caption id="attachment_45036" align="alignright" width="181"]Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury Collected Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury Collected[/caption] Shafiul told the press the committee had recommended two names for the CEC's post, Nurul Huda and former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder. The search panel also proposed four other names -- Dhaka University teacher Prof Dr Zarina Rahman Khan, local government expert Dr Tofail Ahmed, ex-planning commission member Abdul Mannan and BUP Pro-VC Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, Shafiul said Mahbub Talukder was recommended to the committee by BNP and Kabita Khanam was recommended by Awami League, the cabinet secretary said in reply to questions. [caption id="attachment_45044" align="alignleft" width="198"]Former additional secretary Mahbub Talukder Collected Former additional secretary Mahbub Talukder Collected[/caption] Apart from proposing names, the committee also conveyed to the president some recommendations from their meeting with eminent personalities. According to Nurul Huda's Linkedin profile, he retired as a secretary in 2006. He also worked as the director, administration and human resources, for Gemcon Ltd. He also Served as the chairman of North West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd, and the managing director of Bangladesh Municipal Development Fund. [caption id="attachment_45051" align="alignright" width="143"]Former Secretary Rafiqul Islam Collected Former Secretary Rafiqul Islam Collected[/caption] The search committee are High Court’s Judge Justice Obaidul Hassan, Bangladesh Public Service Commission’s Chairman Muhammed Sadique, Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh Masud Ahmed, Transparency International Bangladesh’s Trustee Board Member Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam a nd Chittagong University’s Pro-vice Chancellor Shireen Akhter. The president formed the committee on January 25 after holding a series of talks with 31 registered political parties. The committee was instructed to submit names and recommendations for the election commission within 10 working days. The tenure of the incumbent EC expires on Wednesday. The new commission will conduct the next general elections in 2019. [caption id="attachment_45037" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Members of the search committee assigned to recommend people for the reconstitution of the Bangladesh election Commission have handed the names of their preferences to President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Monday, February 06, 2017 PID Members of the search committee assigned to recommend people for the reconstitution of the Bangladesh Election Commission have handed the names of their preferences to President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Monday, February 06, 2017 PID[/caption] In 2012, a search committee proposed the names of two ex-bureaucrats - Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed, former parliament affairs secretary, and Ali Imam Majumder, ex-cabinet secretary - for the CEC post. The then president Zillur Rahman picked Rakibuddin.