EC primarily selects 7 more parties
BNF seeks more time to meet criteriaTaib Ahmed
Newly-formed Bangladesh Nationalist Front has sought time again from the Election Commission to set up offices at district and upazila level alleging that its rival was vandalising its local unit offices across the country, said EC officials.
Besides, the EC has primarily selected seven more political parties to scrutinise to see whether they are eligible to get the registration.
The seven parties are Bangladesh New Sangsad Dal (BNSL), Bangladesh GanaSeba Andolon (BGA), Bangladesh Anjuman-e-Al Islah, Bangladesh People’s League, Bangladesh Gana Odhikar Dal, Bangladesh Liberal Democratic Party and Bangladesh Gana Shakti Dal.
Keeping the next parliamentary elections in view, the EC in November last year in a public circular asked political parties to apply for registration and received 43 applications until January 31.
The commission primarily selected two political parties—Bangladesh Nationalist Front and Bangladesh Sangskritik Muktijote—to give registration and gave the rest of 41 political parties 15 days asking them to fulfill the requirements in line with the legal provision.
‘As the rest of 41 parties came again with applications fulfilling their requirements, the commission has primarily selected some parties,’ election commissioner Shah Nawaz told New Age on Wednesday.
He said the commission decided to conduct field inspection to see whether the parties really have offices and manpower at the grassroots what they have claimed in their applications.
‘We will give registration only if it was found after the field inspection that the parties really have offices in certain district and upzilas in fulfilling the conditions of being registered with the commission,’ he said.
Besides, a deputy secretary of the commission said they have started receiving reports of field level inspection regarding BNF’s registration. ‘Some are positive while others are negative suggesting that the BNF does not have sufficient number of offices,’ he said.
In the meantime, he said, the BNF has sought further time from the EC to set up their local offices claiming that its rival was destroying its local offices.
It is to be noted that the main opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, has repeatedly asked the EC not to register newly-floated political party Bangladesh Nationalist Front with election symbol ‘sheaf of wheat’.
The BNP has also threatened to launch a movement to unseat the incumbent election commissioners if the BNF is given the registration. BNF’s logo and election symbol are almost similar to those of BNP.
Registration of an eligible political party by the EC enables the use of its name on the ballot paper with its election symbol.
The elections are due at the latest on January 24, 2014.
The applicant parties were required to provide a copy of its constitution, election manifesto (if any), party rules (if any), logo and flag (if any), the list of members of its executive committee with their portfolios, power of attorney for submitting the application, party’s bank account number with the amount of money in it and a description of the funding sources.
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