Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to halt the move of enacting the bill for political party’s registration teaming that the move in time of coronavirus pandemic is suspicious.

BNP conveyed its message to the EC through a letter wrote by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

A five-member BNP delegation led it joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal dandled over the latter to the EC secretary M Alamgir at Nirbachon Bhavan in the capital.

The commission has taken the move for enacting a separate law in this regard while currently the provision is included in the Representation of the People Order 1972.

In the latter Fakhrul said that there was no public demand of enacting a fresh law on political party’s registration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He criticized EC for dropping different conditions form the Representation of the People Order 1972 in the draft.

He said that the commission move to translate different posts of local government representatives like chairman, coulcillor and other unnecessarily.

On June 16, the EC public the draft at its website and asked the political parties and other stakeholders to give their opinion on it by July 7.

BNP, however, claimed that the EC asked them to give opinion by July 1.

In the drafted a bill the commission strike out the provision for 33 per cent women participation in all committees of the political parties mandatory by 2020.

It just says that the party would be cordial to ensure 33 per cent women participation in all committees.

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