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Awami League wants Election Commission to register all eligible parties

  • Published at 01:46 am May 31st, 2018

A number of Awami League leaders have expressed concern after the Election Commission failed to meet its own deadline to register eligible new political parties before the next national election.

Two presidium and three advisory council members of the ruling party told the Dhaka Tribune that the Awami League was optimistic about a participatory 11th parliamentary election.

They said if the BNP and its allies boycott the polls, then participation by these new parties would be very important to ensure a participatory, free, and fair election.

Sources at the Awami League president’s office told the Dhaka Tribune that the party’s leaders were “very keen” to learn about which parties would get EC registration.

When asked, Awami League Presidium Member, Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya, said the EC should complete registration processes as soon as possible to give eligible parties enough time to prepare for the next elections.

Political parties seeking registration said they could not participate in local polls and were yet to start election campaigning since the EC had not allocated them their symbols.

Awami League Office Secretary and Prime Minister’s special assistant, Abdus Sobhan Golap, told the Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday that they always want to see a participatory election.

“Each and every party has the right to participate in the elections or get the same opportunities for election campaigning,” he said. 

“The Election Commission should complete the registration process as soon as possible to give the parties enough time to complete election procedures like selecting primary candidates and starting campaigning,” Golap added. 

The commission has said it wants to complete the registration process of new political parties by March.

Around 76 parties have sought registration with the commission ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.