Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday proposed dissolution of parliament before the announcement of schedule for the next general elections while Ganotontri Party wants the polls to be held under the Sheikh Hasina-led present government.
The two parties placed their respective proposals during separate dialogues with the Election Commission (EC) at the EC office.
A CPB delegation, led by its President Mujahidul Islam Selim, placed a 16-point proposal while and a Ganotontri Party team, led by its chief Mohammad Arosh Ali, presented a 21-point proposal. Both the meetings were held with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair.
CPB suggested reducing the authority of the election-time government through a constitutional amendment to keep its functions limited only to supervisory and essential routine works.
The leftist party also wanted introduction of a proportional election system, giving the EC absolute freedom to deploy any force for maintaining law and order and holding a neutral election, restoration of the “No Vote” provision, reducing the ceiling of election expenditure for a candidate to a maximum of Tk 3 lakh instead of existing Tk 25 lakh and refraining from the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) for now.
Participating in the meeting in the afternoon, Ganotontri Party said the government during the polls will have to perform only routine works and will not take any policy decision.
However, the party suggested bringing three key ministries -- home, public administration and local government -- under the EC during the election.