The Election Commission decided today that
the next action on registered political
parties' probable failure to comply with the law to submit party constitutions
to the commission by July 25.
Political parties were asked to bring
changes in their constitutions to ensure democratic practice and financial
transparency within themselves. This is a criteria for getting
registered with the Election Commission.
Six months after the first ninth parliament's first sitting, parties had
pledged that they would make the necessary changes and submit them. Since then,
the EC has registered 39 political parties.
However, after the election, the parties
overlooked their vows and have yet to make the changes and submit them.
The parties are seeking more time but the
EC is reluctant to extend the date without amending the Representation of the
The second session of parliament was
prorogued on July 9 and the next session is likely to begin early September.
So, if the government wants to amend the RPO, the president will have to
promulgate an ordinance, which, if done, will be the first ordinance under the
Awami League-led alliance government.
Meanwhile, in a hurried move the ruling AL
has decided to hold its council on July 24 to ratify the provisional changes in
its constitution. The main opposition BNP has stated that it will not be
possible for it to hold party council within the timeframe.