EC dialogue: Civil society members urge public confidence on EC

Civil society members in a dialogue with the Election Commission (EC) discussed the issues of gaining public confidence, army deployment and no-vote option during the next parliamentary elections.

Debapriya Bhattacharya, Centre for Policy Dialogue’s distinguished fellow told reporters, “We stressed the three issues in detail during the discussion.”

The EC began talks with the civil society members at the EC Secretariat around 11:00am over the issue of arranging the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Twenty-six representatives of the civil society have attended the dialogue at EC secretariat.

Economist and researcher Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman urged the commission members to dissolve the parliament before the next parliamentary election.

The discussion is headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda. The civil society representatives will probably recommend some changes to the commission which will include the provision of “no vote” and include armed forces as a regular force.

The EC schedule allocated two hours for discussion on seven agendas.

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