Left parties demand EC’s reformationNew Age Online
The Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of eight left leaning political parties, Monday demanded radical reformation of the Election Commission in a bid to holding the next general elections in a free and fair manner.
The demand came-up at a press conference at Nirmal Sen Auditorium on Topkhana road, in the capital.
The DLA leaders said the Election Commission must be independent, competent, effective and impartial for holding a free fair and acceptable election.
Saiful Huq, co-coordinator of the combine, placed 16-points proposals for establishing a democratic electoral system. The proposals include sufficient allocations for the EC, putting civil administrations, army and law enforcers, cabinet division, home minitry, public administration, finance ministry, information and local government ministries under the Election Commission during the election time.
They also demanded keeping election expenses confined to Tk 500000 to stop use of undisclosed money in the elections, holding direct elections to the reserved seats for women, keeping provision of 'no' vote and stopping use of religion, muscle powers in the polls.
The programme was attended, among others, by DLA leaders Shubhrangshu Chakrabarty, Abdus Salam, Moshrraf Hossain Nannu, Hamidul Haque, Abdus Satter, Shahidul Islam Sabuj and Mahinuddin Chowdhury Liton.
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