EC still working on surrendering its candidature termination powerNew Age Online
The Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad Wednesday said the commission was still working on the Article 90(E) of the Representation of Peoples Order 1972 and would make a decision by next week in this regard.
The commission last month had decided to propose for repealing the article and the CEC had termed the Article ‘self-contradictory’ and ‘inapplicable’. The article has entrusted the EC to cancel a candidature for breaching certain election code of conducts.
‘We are still working on it. We will let you know in the next week,’ the CEC told journalists. A reporter asked him as to why the commission was buying time to send its proposal to the Law Ministry for vetting.
Asked whether the commission has retreated from its earlier stance, Rakibuddin said they were continuously working on it and were yet reach a conclusion.
The EC’s decision to abolish its authority to cancel candidatures drew huge flak from different corners including from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and members of the civil society.
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