While briefing reporters at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters, he also said BNP emphasised on keeping two former Supreme Court judges in the proposed four-member search committee.
“We want an election commission formed with the consent of all political parties. There is no alternative to this.”
He also said the president was very sincere throughout the hour-long meeting.
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According to Fakhrul, the party highlighted three key points during the meeting-
- The members of search committee (for selecting election commissioners) have to be neutral and acceptable to all parties.
- A number of reforms have been pitched for the Representation of the People Order (RPO).
- The president should form the election commission with the support of all the political parties.
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President Abdul Hamid with the BNP delegation at Bangabhaban Nur Uddin Ahmed
Fakhrul hoped the president will discuss BNP’s proposal with other parties when he sits with them.
Mirza Fakhrul also said he expects a visible outcome of this meeting within a month.
He ended the press briefing on a cordial note, saying the president is a veteran of Bangladeshi politics whose experience will help the nation move forward.
The delegation reached Bangabhaban at 4:30pm and they were seen leaving at 5:40pm.
Describing the meeting "successful," Jamiruddin Sircar, a member of the BNP delegation and a member Standing Committee, said President Abdul Hamid appeared responsive during the meeting.
The delegation led by Khaleda Zia includes Mirza Fakhrul Islam, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mahbubur Rahman, Amir Khosru Mahmood Chowdhury and Nazrul Islam Khan.
Mirza Abbas and Torikul Islam did not appear despite being part of the delegation.
Earlier on December 13, Bangabhaban announced that President Hamid will hold dialogues with the country’s five leading registered political parties beginning from December 18, to discuss formation of Election Commission (EC).
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President’s Secretary Shampad Barua sent letters to the five political parties, inviting them to attend the view exchange programme, later that week.
While briefing reporters at a press conference on Saturday, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed said: “Khaleda Zia will also discuss different political issues including arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance of BNP leaders and activists.”
BNP chairperson’s adviser Khandaker Mahbub Hossain at the briefing said: “We will submit the names of four renowned citizens of the country to the president to be included in a search committee that would find out the next CEC.”
“The eminent citizens are Justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury, Justice Syed ZR Mudassir Hossain, Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim and Justice ATM Afzal,” he added.