In January 2009, 25 people including several political leaders challenged Jamaat’s registration in court
A move by the Election Commission (EC) to cancel the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami was politically motivated, the party’s leaders said on Tuesday.
The EC released a gazette on Sunday to terminate Jamaat’s registration, effectively taking away their ability to contest the upcoming 11th national election.
“We are appalled by the actions of the Election Commission (and) condemn the gazette, and ask the Election Commission to cancel it immediately,” Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Dr Shafiqur Rahman said in a press statement on Tuesday.
The press release also said Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court regarding the matter, which is still under process.
“It is against the law for the Election Commission to release a gazette to cancel the party’s registration, and is an affront to the court,” the release said.
Jamaat first registered as a political party on November 11, 2008.
In January 2009, 25 people including several political leaders challenged Jamaat’s registration in court.
According to the gazette released on Sunday, Jamaat’s registration was cancelled in line with the Sub Clause 4 of Article 90H of the Representation of the People Order (RPO) 1972, following an August 1, 2013 High Court order that declared the party’s registration illegal and cancelled.
The commission withheld the party’s registration after the High Court order, while waiting for the copy of the full verdict.
The move has been welcomed by the Islamic Democratic Alliance.
“Our chairman Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury and Secretary General Nurul Islam have expressed their gratitude to the Election Commission for taking this decision,” the coalition’s co-chairman, MA Awal, said.
In addition to now losing its registration, many of Jamaat’s top leaders have been sentenced to life imprisonment over the past five years by two special war crimes tribunals for crimes committed against humanity during the 1971 war of liberation.
Some of them were also executed following their convictions.