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New Election Commission ‘frustrating, reflects PM’s wishes’, says BNP

10The BNP has expressed ‘frustration’ in its official reaction to the formation of the new Election Commission, which will oversee the next parliamentary polls by early 2019.

It says the appointments to the new EC ‘reflect Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s wishes’.

The party, which sits out of Parliament after the boycott of the election held under the outgoing EC in 2014, has also questioned the competency of new Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda to hold free and fair polls.

Its official reaction came after a meeting of the BNP-led 20-Party Alliance chaired by party Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan offices on Tuesday.

“We are frustrated and disappointed,” BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, alleging that the ‘hurry and concealment of information’ aroused questions over the new EC.

“Every quarter demanded publishing of the 10 names recommended by the search committee and necessary details about their work. The process might have been transparent to some extent if it was done. But it did not happen,” he said.

“Taking decision hurriedly at the ending moments has created many doubts,” he added.

According to him, one of the ‘biggest doubts’ is that the ruling Awami League had ‘earlier chosen’ the persons who would be kept in the new EC.

“The president can accept suggestions from the prime minister on all issues but two in line with the Constitution. So we can reasonably think that the prime minister’s wishes have been reflected in the forming of the new EC,” Mirza Fakhrul said.

 

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