Both the Awami League and BNP sent letters to the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday naming General Secretary Obaidul Quader and Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Alamgir as their respective focal points for communication with the EC regarding the upcoming elections.
The Election Commission earlier had asked all 40 registered political parties to give them the name of the focal person within the party with whom the commission could directly communicate with.
On July 12, Election Commission Secretary, Mohammad Abdullah in a letter asked for a name, phone number and contact address of a ‘focal point’ to the general secretaries of all the parties within a week.
The initiative was undertaken after parties failed to communicate with the EC on time and give them updated information about the changes in the parties.
According to the Election Commission Road map there is a plan to hold a dialogue with the political parties from August to September, and in October the EC will gather information on which party fulfills the conditions set by the commission.
In, October, at least seven issues including the reorganization of parliamentary seats, reform of the law will be looked into.
EC officials said, some groups are now using their chairman’s address instead of the previous address given to the EC.
There is also doubt whether all the central, district and upazila committees are active and have maintained the registration conditions properly.