The Election Commission
on Tuesday requested the government to amend the electoral law and give
political parties a six month extention to submit their constitutions
after ratification in council sessions.
The chief election
commissioner, ATM Shamsul Huda said that they have sent a proposal to
the law ministry for amendment to the Representation of the People Order
and the Electoral Rolls Act.
Article 90D of the
Representation of the People Order Act 2009 states that ‘…the party
shall submit a ratified constitution within six months from the first
sitting of the ninth parliament.’ Shamsul suggested that the ‘six
months’ should be changed to ‘one year’.
The first session of
the 9th parliament began on January 25. As of November 2008,
thirty-nine parties have registered with the EC.
Since then, BNP and
nine other political parties have submitted applications to the commission
seeking an extention for submission of party constitution after ratification.