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Search panel extends time

for parties to submit names

Published : 13 Feb 2022 10:12 PM | Updated : 14 Feb 2022 01:39 PM

As per demands by eminent personalities and different political parties, the search committee formed for Election Commission (EC) formation has decided to disclose all names proposed for the posts of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and other commissioners on Monday.

Besides, the search committee has also extended the time till 5:00pm today (Monday) for those political parties which have not yet proposed names of the CEC and other EC members.  

"We will accept proposal from only political parties till tomorrow (today). Full list will be made public in the afternoon on Cabinet Division website," said Justice Obaidul Hassan, chief of the search committee, during the third meeting with eminent citizens on Sunday. 

Previous search committees, formed in 2013 and 2017, did not disclose proposed names despite demands from political parties. However, the present committee has taken an unprecedented move to make the names public.

The current search committee, formed by the president for appointing chief election commissioner and other election commissioners, published a notice on 6 February seeking names from the political parties and individuals. It also sent letters to the registered political parties for submitting names.

The committee received names of 329 candidates till Saturday. Of them, 136 names came from political parties, 40 from professionals, 34 from individuals and 99 names via email.

Earlier, the search committee had two separate other meetings with eminent citizens of the country on Saturday.

The invited citizens asked the search committee to select individuals who are honest, competent, brave and believe in the spirit of Liberation War

They also suggested women, minorities and media representatives in the new EC.

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