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The third meeting of the search committee started

The search committee has met for the third time to appoint a new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioner. It is expected that the names proposed by the political parties for the formation of the EC will be reviewed at the meeting.

The meeting began at 5:30 pm on Tuesday (February 15) at the Supreme Court’s Jazz Lounge. Which is still going on.

Earlier in the afternoon, the search committee held a meeting with senior journalists at the Supreme Court’s Jazz Lounge.

The cabinet department had invited six senior journalists to the meeting. Four of them took part in the meeting. They are: Naeem Nizam, editor of Bangladesh Pratidin, Inam Ahmed Chowdhury, editor of Business Standard, Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, journalist leader and Sheikh Siraj, head of Channel I.

Earlier, the search committee held a meeting with four senior journalists of the country to seek advice on the formation of the Election Commission. Earlier, the search committee held discussions with three more prominent citizens and journalists.

In this regard, the search committee took the opinion of eminent persons in the formation of the new EC on Saturday (February 12) in the first phase from 11:15 am to 12 noon and in the second phase from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. The two meetings were attended by 25 eminent persons from different walks of life, including professors, top media personalities, former government officials and former military officers, and leaders of professional organizations.

The next day, on Sunday afternoon, the search committee met with prominent citizens to seek their views on the formation of a new Election Commission (EC). Although 23 people were invited in this phase, 18 people responded.

A six-member search committee headed by Justice Obaidul Hasan of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court was constituted on January 5 to form the Election Commission (EC) under the Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners Appointment Act, 2022. According to the law, the committee has to submit its recommendation to the President within 15 working days.

On 15 February 2016, the present Election Commission headed by KM Nurul Huda took charge. Their five-year term ends on Monday (February 14). The newly formed search committee will make recommendations to the President to form a new Election Commission through the appointment of a Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and four Election Commissioners. The Cabinet Division is providing secretarial assistance to the committee.

A total of 24 political parties, 6 professional organizations and many individuals have proposed names in the search committee for the formation of the new EC.

Meanwhile, a list of 322 names proposed to the search committee to form a new chief election commissioner and other election commissioners has been released.

The list was released by the Cabinet Division on Monday night (February 14).

Shafiul Azim, joint secretary of the cabinet department, confirmed the information to media.

He said the names of 322 people who came to the search committee have been revealed. The list has been published on the website of the Cabinet Department.

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