No plan to change code of conduct right now: ECNew Age Online
Election commissioner Shah Nawaz on Sunday said the Election Commission would bring changes to the parliamentary electoral code of conducts only after weighing the ensuing situation just ahead of the polls schedule.
‘We are already having an electoral code of conduct for candidates and political parties in the parliamentary polls and we have no plan right now to bring any changes,’ Shah Nawaz told reporters at his office at the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city.
‘We can bring changes to the code of conduct only taking into cognizance the ensuing situation just before announcing the election schedule,’ he added.
Asked whether the EC has taken such a stance only to be sure about the type of election-time government before bringing any changes to the code of conduct, the election commissioner said, ‘We will make the changes considering the situation that come up.’
‘We will also look into whether the EC will need at all to amend the electoral code of conduct,’ he added.
Asked about a draft electoral code of conduct prepared by a three-member committee of the EC, he said the committee has submitted its report and the commission would study it only when time comes.
The committee in its proposed codes stipulated that none but the chief of the political parties along with other 20 top party leaders as chosen by the party chief would be allowed to conduct countrywide election campaigning.
In response to a question regarding the registration of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, the election commissioner said the EC has employed one of its senior officials to collect the certified copy of the High Court judgement that declared Jamaat registration with the EC illegal.
‘We will make a decision shortly after getting the certified copy in our hands,’ he added.
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