Published:  02:18 AM, 13 October 2017

BNP to join election dialogue Sunday

Khaleda faces arrest orders from 2 courts

BNP will accept the Election Commission's invitation to send a delegation to election talks on Sunday, said the party's Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. "We are framing a draft of topics for discussion at the meeting. We won't say much more on the topic at this time. But our delegation will go to the Election Commission on the fifteenth," Rizvi said at a news conference Thursday.

The Election Commi-ssion has started hearing opinions from civil society members, journalists and political parties regarding the upcoming 11th parliamentary election. The first meeting with civil society  members was held on July 31. On August 16 and 17 it met with media representatives. On August 24, it began meeting with representatives from the 40 registered political parties.

The commission had initially scheduled the meetings with the BNP for October 12 and the Awami League for October 15. But the BNP requested a  change of date and its meeting was re-scheduled for October 15, while the talks with Awami League were postponed to October 18.

The BNP has been a regular critic of the AKM Nurul Huda-led EC since its formation. BNP Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed has called the meeting 'eyewash'. Despite this, the party will send representatives to the EC meeting to present its ideas for a 'free and fair election' and raise important issues regarding the country's current political situation.

According to sources in BNP, a ten-member delegation to the EC meeting will be led by Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Two Dhaka courts yesterday issued arrest warrants in separate cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on charge of undermining Bangladesh's national flag and

Metropolitan Magistrate Nur Nabi issued the order yesterday morning after hearing a petition seeking Khaleda's arrest in a case filed over undermining Bangladesh's map, its national flag and the Liberation War.

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