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Ershad meets president with EC pitch

  • Published at 04:11 pm December 20th, 2016
  • Last updated at 09:26 pm December 20th, 2016
Ershad meets president with EC pitch
A delegation of Jatiya Party (JaPa) led by party chief HM Ershad met with President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Tuesday with their proposals for the reconstitution of Election Commission (EC). The 18-member delegation reached the official residence of the president at 2:45pm and the meeting began at 3:15pm. Following the meeting, the party held a press conference at its office in Kakrail, Dhaka where the party leaders expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the meeting. “We are pleased to meet the president. We had a cordial discussion on the issue of the Election Commission,” said Ruhul Amin Howlader, secretary general of the party. In response to a question, JaPa Co-Chairperson Raushon Ershad, who is also the main opposition leader, said democracy was well-established in the country. Asked if the president had the constitutional power to take any initiative regarding the EC, Raushon asked: “Is there anything called constitutional power?” Later, she said: “If the president wants to take any initiative, he can do so in accordance with the constitution.” japa Ruhul Amin appreciated the president's initiative to hold dialogue with all major political parties regarding EC reconstitution. “We believe that dialogue can solve all political and national crises,” he said. “We have faith in our president in that regard.” Asked whether they had recommended any names for the search committee to select commissioners for the EC, he said: “We did not. But we have a list prepared. If the president wants us to submit it, we will do so.” Earlier, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia extended her cooperation in EC reconstitution on November 18. On November 26, Ershad also called for a legislation to reconstitute the EC. President Hamid has asked five political parties to visit Bangabhaban to discuss how best to set up the EC. BNP has already met with the president on Sunday. The Liberal Democratic Party and Krishak-Sramik Janata League are set to meet the president on Wednesday. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Inu)'s meeting with the president is scheduled on Thursday.