EC unveils booklet for next general election

MNA National Desk: The Election Commission will be able to keep the next parliamentary elections free from any sort of influence of the government, said Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda after unveiling a booklet of Election Commission’s roadmap for the next general Election.

“It’s not only about government influence, but also about any political party and local and international agencies…we’ll be able to keep it free from any influence,” said CEC on Sunday during the programme of launching the roadmap at Nirbachon Bhaban in Dhaka.

Earlier, the Election Commission finalized the booklet incorporating seven agenda.

The agenda are electoral law reform, making electoral process time-befitting one, delimitation of constituencies, updating the voter list, preparing the list of possible polling stations, inviting application from new political parties to be registered with the EC, and the capacity building of officials for holding the national election.

According to the roadmap, the commission will start dialogue with political parties and other stakeholders on 31 July next.

The dialogue will begin with talks with civil society members. The dialogue with journalists will be held in August, while with 40 registered political parties from August to September next.

Besides, the Commission will sit in separate dialogues with election observers, women leaders and election management experts in October next.

According to the roadmap, the Commission will complete re-demarcation of 300 parliamentary constituencies by December 2017.

Huda who was appointed during the current regime of the Awami League government said it’s very much possible for the EC to hold free and fair polls even with the Awami League in power.

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