Published:  02:03 AM, 13 September 2017

Khelafat's 15 proposals to EC

Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish on Tuesday proposed the dissolution of Parliament and deployment of army ahead of the next parliamentary elections. The Islamist party placed the proposals joining the Election  Commi-ssion's dialogue held at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.

A 13-member Khelafat Majlish delegation led by its secretary general Mau-lana Mahfuzul Haque attended the meeting at 11am, which was held with Chief Election Commi-ssioner KM Nurul Huda. After the two-hour meeting, Mahfuzul Haque told reporters that they placed a 15-point proposal before the Commission, reports UNB.

Among the proposals, deployment of the army from seven day before the election till 72 hours after the polls, dissolution of parliament before the election, brining key ministries including home ministry under the control of the EC during the polls, curbing the use of black money and muscle power, ensuring level-playing field for all, introduction of online nomination submission system and bringing all polling stations under the watch of CCTVs.

EC acting secretary Helaluddin Ahmed at a press briefing said the ongoing dialogues with different stakeholders including political parties will be completed by October next. Though the EC invited another Islamist party Islami Oikya Jote to sit in dialogue at 3pm, the party did not attend informing the EC that the party chief was sick.

The Election Commission initiated its dialogue with 40 registered political parties on August 24 to take their opinions over its preparation for the next national election likely to be held at late December 2018. Earlier, the EC also held talks with civil society members on July 31, media persons on August 16 and 17.

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