Dhaka: A 19-member Awami League delegation led by its President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban this (Wednesday) afternoon for talks over formation of the Election Commission (EC).
Bangabhaban sources said that the President is now holding talks with the Awami League delegation at Bangabhaban Darbar Hall.
The delegation members are Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, AMA Muhith, HT Imam, Yusuf Hossain Humayun and Mohammad Zamir, presidium members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mohammad Nasim, Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun and Syed Ashraful Islam, joint general secretaries Dr Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, legal affairs secretary Abdul Matin Khasru, publicity and publication secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and law minister Anisul Huq.
Abdul Hamid initiated formal talks with political parties for formation of the new EC as the tenure of the current Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad-led EC expires in February.
The President is likely to wrap up his ongoing talks with political parties through holding the meeting with AL.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader will brief media about the party's proposals in the evening.
Since he held his first talks with BNP on December 18 last year, the President has had meetings with 22 political parties.
During the talks, BNP put forward a set of proposals for the formation of a search committee and the new EC. It also placed a proposal to strengthen the EC and amend the Representation of the People Order (RPO).
Jatiya Party (Ershad) gave a five-point proposal over constitution of the next EC and proposed making a law regarding constitution of the new EC.
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) laid emphasis on solving the problem through discussion and said it is not possible to solve the problem through enactment of a law. Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) proposed formation of a neutral and strong EC and inclusion of woman representatives in the new commission.
Workers Party placed an eight-point proposal over the formation of a search committee and the EC. It also proposed including two women in the EC and formulating a law for the appointment of the chief election commissioner and other election commissioners.
Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) placed a five-point proposal, including one for appointing election commissioners in phases to maintain continuity of the EC.
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) placed an eight-point proposal and proposed formation of the EC with eight members instead of existing five members, and a search committee comprising qualified and neutral individuals.
Jatiya Party (Manju) proposed appointing election commissioners in phases to maintain continuity of the EC.