The Election Commission (EC) will initiate dialogue with political parties in the last week of the current month to take their opinions over the arrangement of the 11th parliamentary elections.
The Commission will sit with six political parties, two parties each day, before Eid-ul-Azha, EC acting secretary Muhammad Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters at his Nirbachon Bhaban office in the capital on Sunday, reports UNB.
As per their current decision, he said each of the parties will be allowed to join the dialogue with 10 representatives. “The number of representatives of the political parties for participating in talks may be increased further.”
After the eid, Helaluddin said the EC will resume the talks with the other political parties on September 10.
All the 40 registered political parties will be invited for the dialogue gradually following the registration list of the parties from the bottom.
As part of the roadmap prepared by it, the EC sat with civil society members on July 31, commencing its around two-month-long talks with different stakeholders about the next general election.
The EC acting secretary said they will hold dialogue with senior journalists of the print and electronic media on August 16 and 17.
An EC official, wishing anonymity, said senior journalists from newspapers, news agencies and online media will be invited for the talks on August 16 while that of from electronic media on Aught 17.
Later, the Commission will sit in talks with election observers, women leaders and election experts.
In the dialogue, the Commission will seek opinions from the stakeholders over different issues, including electoral law reform and delimitation of constituencies, updating voter list, fixation of polling stations and awarding registration to new political parties.