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Bangladesh mulls new steps for credible polls

Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed may add four new poll commissioners to dilute the role CEC MA Aziz, who has refused to quit.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 17:17 IST

Bangladesh President-cum-Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed may add four new election commissioners to dilute the role Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz, who has refused to quit, and ensure the smooth holding of parliamentary polls due next January.

Besides a defiant Aziz, the poll body has three other election commissioners. Adding four more would 'balance' the organisation and make it "more effective and credible," The Daily Star said quoting Adviser Akbar Ali Khan, who holds ministerial rank in the interim government.

The press report did not indicate whether this would satisfy the 14-party alliance that has placed the removal of Aziz and his team top of its agenda, threatening a nationwide stir and even a possible poll boycott.

Appointed by the Khaleda Zia government, Aziz has questioned Ahmed's authority to ask him to quit.

He is being supported in his defiance by Zia and her four-party alliance.

"The negative perception among the people about the Election Commission must be removed by doing something...

The election may not be acceptable at home and abroad if no changes are made in the Election Commission," Khan told The Daily Star.

Aziz has been a controversial person, defying orders of the country's Supreme Court on updating electoral rolls, and has been having sparring with the media for the past many months.