The main opposition BNP will be consulted on the next parliamentary polls before the ruling Awami League when the Election Commission opens talks with 40 political parties at the end of this month.
Although the last two election commissions approached the parties in alphabetical order and according to their order of registration, the new EC will begin from the end of the registrations.
“The Election Commission is preparing to start the dialogue with 40 registered parties at end of August, before Eid,” Election Commission acting secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said.
“According to the decision, the last registered parties will be invited first from the lists.”
BNP will sit for the dialogue earlier than Awami League because its registration number is 6 while AL is the 6th party on the list made on November 3, 2008.
“In this case the Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF), which has 42 as the registered number, will be invited first and the first registered member, LDP, will be invited at the end of the list,” Helal said.
The EC will talk to six political parties this month: Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF), Bangladesh Sangskritik Muktijot, Bangladesh Muslim League, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, Bangladesh Biplobi Workers Party, and Jatio Ganatantrik Party (Jagpa).
The dialogue with the rest of the political parties will start from September 10, after the Eid-ul-Azha vacation.
Helal further said: “The dialogue will be held between two political parties every day. The small parties can come with 10 to 12 representatives, but no decision has been taken for the big parties.”
Although there are 42 parties registered since 2008, at present only 40 parties officially remain as the EC canceled the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami and the Freedom party.
During the last dialogue of the EC’s term of ATM Shamsul Huda in 2011, parties were invited alphabetically. In this regard, the first dialogue took place with Islami Andolon.
In 2012,under the leadership of Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, the invitation started with the first registered party of the lists. In that case, the dialogue with Liberal Democratic Party began first.
Although BNP did not come then, the ruling party Awami League changed the dialogue schedule twice.
The EC’s dialogue with the media will take place on August 16-17, when 60 representatives from the print, electronic and online media will be invited for talks.
The next parliamentary elections are due by January 2019.