Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder has said that Jamaat-e-Islami leaders will not be allowed to take part in the upcoming national polls in 2019, if their involvement in involvement in illicit activities was verified.
“Marked leaders of Jamaat will not be allowed in the election. If any Jamaat member participates in the election as an individual candidate or under the banner of other parties, then the Election Commission (EC) will take a decision after analysing the matter individually in a commission meeting to decide if he was qualified to participate,” the election commissioner said while talking to journalists at the Election Commission Secretariat in Agargoan, Dhaka on Tuesday.
“We do not know all the Jamaat members, and we will not bar anyone based purely on allegations. We will definitely verify it,” he added.
However, the election commissioner did not clarify if the EC would make a rule on the matter.
Meanwhile, sources from various parties said there is a high chance that Jamaat leaders will participate in the next national election either on behalf of the BNP led 20-party alliance or as individual candidates.
Jamaat, a key ally of the BNP, has been somewhat inactive in mainstream politics after the High Court cancelled its registration with the Election Commission in 2013, barring it from contesting national polls.