Sunday, January 1, 2012

Gono Forum demands CG restoration

IOJ for expansion of EC. 


The Gono Forum on Sunday demanded restoring the caretaker government (CG) system saying a neutral election is only possible with the CG system back in place.

“It (CG restoration) is not only the demand of main opposition BNP but also of the whole nation,” president of the party, Dr Kamal Hossain, told reporters after emerging from a dialogue with the president.

A 13-member Gono Forum delegation led by Kamal Hossain met with President Zillur Rahman at his official residence, Gono Bhaban.

During their nearly one-hour meeting that started around 11:00am, Dr Kamal proposed three options for reconstituting the new Election Commission.

Formation of a search committee to find suitable persons for the post of the chief election commissioner and other commissioners was top on the party list.

The other options are: reappointing the incumbent CEC, ATM Shamsul Huda, and two other commissioners; or appointing new CEC and commissioners as per the recommendations collected from all the political parties.

Meanwhile, joining the talks later, Bangladesh Islami Oikkyo Jote (IOJ) proposed the president to expand the EC and by incorporating a provision of having four commissioners instead of two.

The IOJ delegation proposed inviting five names from two major political parties for the appointment of the CEC and the five commissioners.

Leading a 12-member delegation to the talks, IOJ Chairman Misbahur Rahman suggested appointment of CEC as per the president's wish from the 10-men list of the two major political camps.

He also suggested appointment of four commissioners, two each from BNP and Awami League.