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Developing dialogue in Election Commission September 23, 2007


Dialogue wiith the political parties started in the Election Commission as schedule. Initially there was guarded response because of emergency rule and as the political parties were not willing to join the dialogue without getting permission for indoor politics.

Once the indoor politics is allowed, though partially, there remains no bar for discussion with Election Commission.

EC started its dialogue as published first with Islami Okkay Jote. They agreed with the proposals of EC of banning student front and the overseas front of the political parties.They put some demands such as decreasing the registration fee for political parties from 25 to 5 thousand and increasing the expense limit for MP election from 5 lac to 25 lac.

Then Krishak SramiK Janata league met with the EC. Their demands include a new agenda –not to register Jamaat-e-Islami with Election Commission and not to allow ‘balance’ as election symbol to any party.

AL was in dilemma whether to join the dialogue or not, keeping Sk. Hasina behind the bar. AL Acting President Zillur Rahman earlier declared that they will not join the dialogue if Hasina not released. Then moving a little forward he said that what AL would do or say would be decided in the working committee meeting.

Now they are saying that whatever they will tell, they will tell as a component of 14 party united Front.

It is speculated that they may also submit demand banning Jamaat-e-Islami.

But it is the major political parties who rehabilitated JI in the political arena after the Liberation war and in the present political system.

BNP’s two factions each waiting to get the invitation of the EC also makes a interesting issue.

Let us see how EC deals with Jamaat issue , recognizes which faction of BNP and how AL respond to the invitation of EC.


An ordinary citizen


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