Khelafat Majlish for not registering 'anti-religious' parties | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 13, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:11 AM, September 13, 2017

Talks with EC

Khelafat Majlish for not registering 'anti-religious' parties

Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish yesterday suggested that the Election Commission should not register any “anti-religious” political party.

The religion-based political party also recommended that any electoral law, which is against religions, should not be formulated.

A 13-member delegation of Khelafat Majlish, led by its secretary general Mahfuzul Huq, held a meeting with the EC as part of the commission's electoral talks with political parties to get their opinions on the next parliamentary polls.

The party placed a 15-point proposal -- including army deployment seven days before the election, online nomination paper submission, creating level playing field and resolving election related cases within maximum six months.

Meanwhile, Islami Oikya Jote, which was also scheduled to hold such talks, sought time due to the illness of its president and secretary general.

A total of 40 registered political parties will take part in such dialogues that are taking place in different phases.

The EC started the electoral talks on August 24 by holding a dialogue with Bangladesh Sangskritik Muktijot.

Earlier, the EC also held meetings with civil society members, editors and senior journalists in this regard.

Most of the civil society members, during the talks on July 30, sought restoration of “no vote” system and demanded that the EC ensure a level playing field for all political parties to hold the next election in a free, fair and participatory manner.

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