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EC to discuss polls with civil society on July 30

  • Published at 12:02 am June 30th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:08 am June 30th, 2017
EC to discuss polls with civil society on July 30
The Election Commission is going to meet representatives from the civil society to discuss the 11th parliamentary election on July 30. This will be the onset of a series of discussions that are to take place between the Election Commission and other stakeholders, including all the registered political parties and journalists. Sources at the Election Commission said the meeting with journalists is set to take place in August, while the meetings with the political parties will take place from August to October. The final road map of all the discussions will be published before July 16. The Election Commission discussed the draft of its action plan on Wednesday, and Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda talked about the overall plan with the election commissioners other officials, said Muhammad Abdullah, secretary of the Election Commission. “The chief election commissioner set the dates for the discussions on the first working day after Eid-ul-Fitr [Wednesday]. The finalised road map will be disclosed within July 16, after another round of discussions which will be done by July 3.” Earlier on May 23, Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda announced the proposed draft of the Election Commission’s plan for the next one and a half years. Back then, he said the plan would be finalised in February 2018 after taking the views of all the stakeholders into consideration. The final plan According to the planned road map, the second draft of the Election Commission’s action plan will be disclosed on July 3, the final draft will be presented on July 6, the entire plan will go on print on July 13 and, finally, the plan will revealed on July 16. Election Commission Secretary Muhammad Abdullah said the discussions would likely entail topics such as the delimitation of parliamentary seats, reformed law, reformed voter list, new registrations, voting centres, increasing the capacity of the Election Commission, creating a level playing field for all the political parties, and the use of electronic voting machines. As per the constitution, the 11th parliamentary election should be held in the last 90 days of the incumbent government, so it should take place between October 30, 2018 and January 28, 2019.