The Election Commission on Monday invited Saifur Rahman-led faction of BNP to the electoral reform talks with the commission scheduled for November 22.
Through the move the EC officially recognized Saifur faction of BNP as the mainstream of the party. Examining the constitution of BNP and the demands raised by both the factions of the troubled party, the EC also gave legitimacy to the decisions taken by the party's national standing committee meeting held in on October 29. At the meeting M Saifur Rahman was appointed acting chairman and Hafizuddin Ahmed as the acting secretary general.
"The commission considers the decisions appropriate and it unanimously decided to send the invitation letter to the acting secretary general for joining the dialogue on behalf of BNP," EC Secretary Humayun Kabir told reporters at a briefing.
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