Recently retired Dhaka bureaucrats may be barred from polls
Humayun Kabir, acting EC secretary, said the commission would soon sit with all stakeholders including the political parties to discuss the reform proposals.world Updated:
Bangladesh's Election Commission (EC) has proposed new set of electoral reforms that include barring civil and military bureaucrats from contesting parliamentary polls within three years after retirement and stringent provisions against loan defaulters.
Humayun Kabir, acting EC secretary, said the commission would soon sit with all stakeholders including the political parties to discuss the reform proposals.
He clarified that "Without completing the reforms, it is not possible to specify the timeframe for the next parliamentary election".
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda and two election commissioners--Sohul Hossain and Brigadier General (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain--yesterday apprised Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed of the proposals.
The draft proposals have been prepared in light of the representation of the people's order (RPO) 1972 and recommendations of civil society bodies.
It also includes barring candidates from standing for more than three seats. According to the existing laws, a person can contest from a maximum of five constituencies.
The EC has proposed disqualifying the loan defaulters of financial institutions from the polls like the existing provision does with the bank loan defaulters.
Kabir said the EC has yet to decide whether there should be a voter list with photographs or identity cards.