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EC formation bill report placed in Parliament

Published : 26 Jan 2022 10:22 PM | Updated : 27 Jan 2022 02:09 PM

The report on the much talked about bill titled "Appointment of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners Bill-2022" was placed on Wednesday in the National Parliament as the next commission will come into existence under the new law.

The bill was placed in the National Parliament following a dialogue initiated by President Abdul Hamid with different political parties. During the dialogue, most of the political parties proposed the enactment of a law in this regard. 

Lawmaker Shahiduzzaman Sarker of Naogaon-2, who is the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, placed the report in the House with Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

The parliamentary standing committee recommended the parliament adopt the bill in the ongoing session.

The other committee members including Anisur Rahman MP, Mostafizur Rahman MP, Shamsul Huq Tuku MP, Abdul Majid Khan MP, Barrister Shamim Haider Patwary MP,Gloria Jharna Khan MP, Begum Rumeen Farhana MP  and Selim Altaf Jeorge, attended the meeting and gave their recommendations on the bill.

Earlier, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq placed the bill in the House on January 23.

According to Article 118 (1) of the Constitution, the bill will give a legal shield to the appointments of the Chief Election Commission and elections commissioners to form the EC.

The proposed legislation is likely to be passed in the ongoing session of parliament and new election commissioners will be appointed in line with the new law.

The tenure of the incumbent KM Nurul Huda led election commission will expire on Feb 14.

Earlier in January, the cabinet approved the draft of appointing CEC and other election commissioners. On the same day, the ruling Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took part in the dialogue with President Abdul Hamid at the Bangabhaban on the formation of the next EC.

Placing the bill, the law minister said the bill has proposed to form a six-member search committee for recommending the names of qualified persons who will be eligible for appointment of the CEC and ECs under the commission.

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