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EC eager to register Bangladesh Jasad

  • Published at 11:14 am August 13th, 2018
File photo of Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

It is a breakaway faction of Hasanul Haq Inu-led Jasad

After rejecting all applications of political parties seeking registration, the Election Commission has taken into consideration of Bangladesh Jasad application.

The commission is looking into the party’s offices and committees at the grassroots.

Seventy-six parties applied for registration with the Election Commission ahead of the national election, scheduled for later this year.

All of them were rejected after much scrutiny.

The commission invited applications for registering new political parties on October 30 last year. Seventy-six parties applied within December 31.

Political parties seeking registration need to fulfil one of the three conditions.

They are:

1) Have represented in parliament at least once, 

2) Secures 5% of the total votes cast,

3) Has a functional central office, with unit of at least 33% administrative districts, which means to have offices in100 upazilas or metropolitans with proof that each has minimum 200 voters as members.

A breakaway faction of Jasad led by Sharif Nurul Ambia and Nazmul Haque Prodhan is seeking registration with the name Bangladesh Jasad.

The party said, it has two MPs and have cautioned that rejection of their application will make the Election Commission questionable. It has applied for either elephant or pineapple as its electoral symbol.

Election Commission’s Deputy Secretary Abdul Halim Khan said they had rejected the applications of all 76 parties. 

“But the commission has decided to review the application of Bangladesh Jasad; investigation is going on at the grassroot level,” he said Sunday.

Halim said it was not a new application by Bangladesh Jasad. The party submitted a list of its committees at district and upazila levels after its previous application, which mentioned that it had MPs, was turned down. That application has been taken into consideration.

Officials investigating at grassroots have been asked to file their report within 10 days, he added.

Meanwhile, a hearing will be held regarding the cancellation of Oikkoboddho Nagorik Andolon’s registration on August 19, at 11am at the Election Commission Secretariat.