Law Minister Anisul Huq said today that the government is sincere in formulating a law for the formation of the Election Commission (EC), but that it would not be fair to do so in a hurry.
“The next session of Parliament will begin in the last phase of January next year. As far as I know, the term of the current Election Commission will expire on February 14 or 15 of next year.
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“Practically speaking and with all due respect,” the minister said, “I say that it is not possible to make a law for the formation of the electoral commission in this short period of time”.
He made the remarks after holding a meeting with a delegation of Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) headed by his secretary, Dr. Badiul Alam Majumder, at a Law Department office at the Secretariat last night.
During the meeting, representatives of the Civil Society Platform (Shujan) handed over the final draft of the proposed law on the “Law of 2021 on Appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and Commissioner of Elections To the Minister of Justice.
“We have to look at the draft. The law will not be made for today or tomorrow but to stay in Bangladesh permanently. We will discuss with all stakeholders before its formulation,” said Anisul Huq.
Responding to a question, the Minister of Justice said that it would not be appropriate for an order bypassing the Jatiya Sangsad for the formation of the EC to be issued.
Contacted, eminent jurist Dr Shahdeen Malik, who was among the representatives of Shujan, told the Daily Star that the government should formulate a law for the appointment of the EC for the holding of elections in a fair manner and for its own sake. (of the government).
If the government formulates such a law, people’s confidence in it will increase, he said, adding that if the next national elections are held under an EC, which is not formed by law, the faith of the people will decrease.
Responding to a question, Shahdeen Malik said the government can issue an ordinance through the chairman for the formation of the election commission, as it is not a very big task.
Members of Shujan Syed Abu Naser Bukhtear Ahmed, Prof. Robaet Ferdous and Dilip Kumar Sarker, among others, attended the meeting.
According to the project, selected citizens of Bangladesh – aged 45 or over, knowledgeable in law with proven administrative skills, honesty and assumed impartiality, with a minimum bachelor’s degree from a recognized university and At least 20 years of professional experience in any significant government, semi-government or private position will be eligible to be Election Commissioner.