The Election Commission (EC) will hold talks with the senior journalists of print and electronic media on August 16 and 17 to discuss issues relating to the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Acting EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told journalists on Sunday that 60 senior journalists, including editors, journalist association leaders and journalists of newspapers, television and electronic media, would be invited for talks.
Meanwhile, the EC will hold dialogue with the political parties of the country from the last week of August which will continue till September.
“Talks will be started from the last serial of the political parties. Dialogue with six political parties will be held before Eid-ul-Azha while talks with 34 political parties will start from September 10 onward,” he said.
“Everyday, talks will held in the morning and the afternoon and 10 people from each party will be able to take part in talks,” he said.
The EC already announced its roadmap to the 11th parliamentary election scheduled to be held between 2018 and 2019.
On September 31, the EC invited 59 civil society members to join the talks in which 38 participated. Others were absent citing various grounds. Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda chaired the occasion.
Most of them called upon the EC to take proper steps for ensuring participation of all political parties in the election, restoration of ‘no vote’ system and deployment of army during election.
The commission will hold talks with the election observers, women leaders and election experts in October.
Various issues like electoral law reform, making electoral process time-befitting, delimitation of constituencies and updating voter list, are on the agenda for discussion, EC sources said.