Search committee finalized 10 names to propose President

MNA Editorial Desk: The search committee has finalized a list of 10 people to propose those to President Abdul Hamid for appointing new chief election commissioner (CEC) and four commissioners.

Before going to the president at Bangabhaban, the search committee sat in a meeting on Monday for finalizing the list, said Cabinet Division additional secretary Abdul Wadud.

All the six members of the committee, led by Supreme Court’s Appellate Division judge Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, joined the meeting that began at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge at about 4:00pm, which continued for about two hours, reported news agency.

This was the fourth and the last meeting of the search panel. The search committee is scheduled to meet President Abdul Hamid at the Bangabhaban at 6:30pm.

On January 25 last, the President formed the search committee, headed by Supreme Court’s Appellate Division Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, to propose prospective names of CEC and other commissioners by February 8 as the tenure of the current EC expires next week.

The search committee on Tuesday prepared a shortlist with 20 people’s names from 125 names submitted by 25 political parties to form the next EC.

On Thursday last, the search body at a meeting further reviewed the 20 shortlisted names, but could not finalized the 10 names.

The search panel will propose 10 names to the President, and Abdul Hamid will appoint no more than five persons to the EC from the names to be proposed by the search committee.

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