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The Election Commission (EC) has approved the draft law on registration of political parties. The commission meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda at the Agargaon Election Building approved the necessary amendments. Once the amendments are completed, it will be sent to the Law Ministry. At the end of the meeting, the senior secretary of the Election Commission. Alamgir gave this information. Meanwhile, Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder issued a note of dissent at the commission meeting opposing the law.

Regarding the law, the EC secretary said that the issue of registration of modern parties was not in the Representation of the People Order (RPO) of 1972. It was added to the RPO in 2006. Then there was talk of a separate law. But due to lack of time it was hastily added to the RPO. The present commission feels the need to legislate separately for the registration of political parties. They think this part of the law should be taken out of the RPO and made separate. Besides, you know that the government has a decision to make all the laws in Bengal. Due to which it is being done in Bengali.

In this context, the secretary further said that besides the parliamentary elections, the local government council elections are being held under the party symbol. But if the issue of registration is in the RPO, it only applies to the parliamentary elections. In this case, the party symbol will need a separate law for local government elections. There will be no problem if a separate law is enacted by removing the registration chapter from the RPO.

Referring to the approval of the draft law, the EC secretary said, “The commission has reviewed the overall aspects of the law and approved it with some additions and deletions.” We will complete the addition and subtraction within the next week and present it to the commissioners. They will be sent to the concerned department of the government for further action after seeing it.

Regarding the views of political parties on the registration law, the secretary said, “We have taken the views of 41 representatives including 18 registered political parties and various organizations.” This has been thoroughly highlighted in the commission meeting. The Commission has accepted whatever of the views is acceptable. Which did not accept the neglect.

Meanwhile, Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder issued a note of dissent opposing the registration of political parties. He told reporters that he had given a note of dissent only because he could not find a way to compromise and was forced to keep records. At this time he read out the written statement and said some more things.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder said, “I can’t find a way to reach a compromise, so I was forced to give a note of dissent.” Dissent must be expressed. If a dissent is not expressed, it cannot be a dissent. Because the people of the country do not know what the opinion is. Every time I have given a note of dissent, I have been forced to do so. I could not find a way to compromise. There are some issues here that there is no compromise. I have said here that there is no need for law. Even then no one is accepting my word. For which I have given a note of dissent to look at the record.

In a written statement, he said that the Election Commission of Bangladesh has decided to enact the Registration of Political Parties Act, 2020 by deleting various articles of the Representation of the People Order, Chapter Six A, 1972. I totally oppose this decision. It is a hasty decision to legislate separately on RPO or part of the Representation of the People Order, 1972. As I have said before, the Representation of the People Order, 1972 is a historic legal document, a unique reminder of Bangladesh’s great independence. If this proposal of the Election Commission is accepted, the mutilation of the Representation of the People Order, 1972 will take place so that it will be considered as handicapped.

Opposing the law in a written statement, he said, “I do not agree with the proposed changes to the Political Parties Registration Act, short title, application and introduction in the early part of 2020.” It seems unnecessary to me to change the definition and suggest a new title. Among the 50 views received from political parties and stakeholders, there is controversy over the renaming of these posts. I do not understand why or for what reason this change is necessary. However, RPO 72 can be amended if necessary, which has been done before. I think it is appropriate to leave the change of law to the Law Commission.

It may be mentioned that the working paper of the meeting said that the draft of the Registration of Political Parties Act, 2020 was prepared in the light of the decision of the 63rd meeting of the Election Commission. Initial discussions with the Election Commission on this law were controversial. The law required further scrutiny and further discussion in the Election Commission on the need for further scrutiny before the opinion was verified. Other parties, including the country’s two largest political parties, have also opposed the law. In this situation, I am issuing a note of dissent by disagreeing with the Registration of Political Parties Act, 2020.

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