President Mohammed Shahabuddin on Thursday asked the Election Commission to play a responsible role with courage and sincerity to make the next general election fair by following the constitutional rules and norms. He made the call when a delegation of the Election Commission, led by Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal, met him, said President's press secretary Joynal Abedin. During the meeting, the CEC informed the president about the overall preparations for the upcoming 12th national election. Read: President Mohammed Shahabuddin returns home from Singapore The president said the democratic trend will have to be upheld in order to continue the development of the country. Noting that it is not possible for the Election Commission alone to conduct an election in a fair manner, the president said active cooperation from the people including the executive department is required for a fair and nice election. “Political parties should come forward in this regard,” he said. President Sahabuddin hoped that the government would extend full cooperation to the Election Commission to complete the upcoming national parliamentary elections in fair and nice manners. Read: President Shahabuddin recovering well in Singapore, doing official work: Bangabhaban People elect their representatives through elections, and the expectations of people are fulfilled through representatives, he said. Election Commissioners and secretaries to the president were present on the occasion.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal on Thursday said the Election Commission is determined to hold the next general election in the stipulated time and procedures as its constitutional obligation. “We told (President Mohammed Shahabuddin) that we, the Election Commission, are determined to hold the election in the stipulated time and fixed method as per the constitutional responsibility and obligation bestowed upon us,” he said. Read: CEC briefs President Shahabuddin about preparations for upcoming national elections The CEC said this while talking to reporters after an EC delegation headed by him met President Shahabuddin at Bangabhaban here in the city. He said they informed the president about their (EC’s) overall preparation taken for holding the upcoming national election. The President expressed satisfaction about their preparations and assured them of extending his cooperation if necessary. Read: EC has to hold election on time, no matter what the situation is: CEC says after meeting US ambassador “He (the President) assured that he would always be ready to extend any sort of assistance and cooperation for the sake of a free election,” said Habibul Awal. In response, the EC said if needed, they would seek his (President’s) cooperation. “He (The President) said the democratic and constitutional continuation will have to be upheld at any cost,” said the CEC. He said they told the president that they continue seeking cooperation tirelessly from all political parties, the government and the people. “We assured him that we are optimistic that we will be able to complete the upcoming parliamentary elections in time as per the constitutional obligation amid cooperation from all (stakeholders),” he added. About the tentative election schedule, the CEC said they informed the president that the election is very imminent. The election will have to be held before January 29 next. “But we still have not made a complete decision (over the schedule),” he said. Read: Whether conditions favourable or not, election to go ahead: CEC “We will take the final decision over the schedule through discussion among us (election commissioners). We’ll announce the election schedule soon,” he added. In reply to a question if any talks were held to hold dialogues to dispose of the political dispute, the CEC replied in negative saying that no such discussion was held.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal on Thursday briefed President Mohammed Shahabuddin about overall preparations for the upcoming national elections. The Election Commission has already held dialogue with some political parties to hold a free and fair election due in December or first week of January next. No trace of Khulna Chhatra Dal president in 48 hours since alleged detention Necessary instructions have been given to the executive department and others concerned to ensure the smooth conduct of the election, the CEC informed the president. President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told a briefing after the meeting. Earlier, a delegation of the Election Commission led by the CEC called on the president at Bangabhaban. Elections are the most important means of reflecting people's opinions in the democratic process, said the president at the time. People elect their representatives through elections, and the expectations of the people are fulfilled through representatives, he said. Noting that fair and participatory elections strengthen democracy, the president said democracy and development go hand in hand. President Shahabuddin said the country's democratic trend needs further development. Noting that it is not possible for the Election Commission to hold a fair election alone, the president said a free and fair election requires the active cooperation of the people, including the executives. Political parties have to come forward for this purpose, he said. President Mohammed Shahabuddin returns home from Singapore He hoped that the government would provide all-out support to the Election Commission to ensure the smooth conduct of the upcoming parliamentary elections. He urged the commission to play a responsible role with bravery and sincerity by following the constitutional norms, rules, and regulations to make the election fair. President to return home from Singapore tomorrow Election commissioners and secretaries to the president were present on the occasion.
President Mohammed Shahabuddin will return home from Singapore on November 1. President's Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told UNB that the president's physical condition was examined this morning at the National University Hospital in Singapore. President Shahabuddin recovering well in Singapore, doing official work: Bangabhaban After reviewing the report, the doctors expressed satisfaction with the progress of his physical condition, he also said. President Shahabuddin released from National University Hospital of Singapore Later, a board meeting of doctors was formed to review the president's medical and physical condition after the surgery. Considering various reports and physical condition, the opinion was expressed that the president can travel by plane within November 1. President's health condition improves in Singapore The president's bypass surgery was successfully completed at the National University Hospital of Singapore on October 18.
Opposing the nomination process of the country’s new President by the Awami League’s Parliamentary Party (ALPP), Nagorik Oikya convenor Mahmudur Rahman Manna on Monday said it has manifested that the Prime Minister alone can appoint the head of the state. “An indecent incident has happened this time. One thing is manifested that the Prime Minister can appoint the President. Taking a resolution (in the ALPP meeting), it was said that she (PM) would nominate whomever she thinks,” he said. Manna also said there should have a minimum decorum like election and voting in nominating the president…“But all these things were trampled. This shows how arbitrary a person can be. It has also demonstrated that they will do the same thing to win the next polls.” He made the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting between the liaison committees of the BNP and the Ganatantra Mancha at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office. Earlier on February 7, the ALPP unanimously gave AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina the power to nominate the party’s candidate for president. Read: Md Shahabuddin declared elected president of Bangladesh: Gazette Awami League on Sunday submitted the papers to the Election Commission (EC) nominating Mohammed Shahabuddin, a retired district judge, a former commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, and a member of the AL Advisory Council, as its presidential candidate. On Monday, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal announced that ruling party nominee Shahabuddin was elected unopposed. Later, the EC issued a gazette notification declaring Md Shahabuddin the 22nd president-elect of the country. Sought his reaction in this regard, BNP standing committee member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku declined to make any comment. “Our reaction will come from our party. I can’t give a reaction from this meeting (of liaison committee).” “I can only say many possible things can be impossible and many impossible things can be possible in a country that is run by one individual,” Tuku said. Earlier, the leaders of the BNP and Ganatantra Mancha had an hour-long meeting where they discussed the ongoing simultaneous movement and assessed the programmes they have so far observed.
Md Shahabuddin Chuppu, who is set to become the next President of Bangladesh, is a lawyer by profession and a member of the Advisory Council of Bangladesh Awami League. Md Shahabuddin was born in Pabna in 1949 and was one of the first members of Pabna district Chhatra League, Awami League’s student wing. He would eventually become the unit’s president. In 1971, he was the convenor of the Swadhin Bangla Chhatra Sangram Parishad in Pabna, and took part in Liberation War. He became the president of the Pabna district Jubo League in 1974. Read More: Md Shahabuddin Chuppu set to become country’s next president He was imprisoned following the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975. He was later appointed as the Law Ministry’s coordinator in the Bangabandhu assassination case. In 1982, he joined the BCS (Judicial) Department, and in 1995, he was elected General Secretary of the Judicial Service Association. He served as the chairman of the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which investigated murders, rapes, thefts, and other crimes by BNP-Jamaat alliance’s activists and leaders following the 2001 general election. He also worked as a District and Sessions Judge and retired in 2006. He was a commissioner at Anti-Corruption Commission from 2011 to 2016. Also Read: ‘Everything is Allah’s will’: Md Shahabuddin, set to become next President of Bangladesh In the previous National Council of Bangladesh Awami League, he served as election commissioner. He earned his LLB from Rajshahi University in 1975, and completed his MSc from the same institution. Md Shahabuddin’s wife Prof Dr Rebecca Sultana, is a former joint secretary of the government. According to the schedule, the presidential election will be held on February 19 as the tenure of incumbent President Abdul Hamid nears an end. The final date for submitting nomination papers was February 12 and those will be reviewed on February 13, as per the EC. The commission set February 14 as the final date for withdrawing nominations. Voting will be held at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban from 2 pm to 5 pm on February 19. According to the constitution, a new president has to be elected within 90 to 60 days prior to the end of the incumbent president's tenure. The previous presidential election schedule was announced on January 25, 2018. Abdul Hamid was elected president unopposed for the second term on February 6 though the election was slated for February 18. President Hamid is set to complete his tenure on April 23 this year
“Everything is Allah’s will,” Md Shahabuddin Chuppu, who is set to be the next President of Bangladesh, said today. “There is no reaction now. This is Almighty Allah’s will,” Md Shahabuddin told reporters after submitting his nomination paper at the Election Commission. Md Shahabuddin, a retired district and sessions judge, had served as a commissioner at the Anti-Corruption Commission. “Two applications have been submitted to the office of the Chief Election Commissioner and Presidential Election Officer at 11:00am and 11:05am. These two applications will be scrutinized tomorrow (Monday) at 1pm. The Chief Election Officer will inform you tomorrow after scrutinizing the nomination papers”, said Election Commission Secretary Jahangir Alam. An Awami League team, led by the party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader, went to the Election Commission to submit the nomination paper of its presidential candidate. The delegation members included AL Presidium members Mohammad Faruk Khan, Jahangir Kabir, and Abdur Rahman, AL Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, Chief Whip of the Jatiya Sangsad Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury Liton, AL Information and Research Secretary Dr. Salim Mahmud, AL office secretary Biplab Barua, AL publicity and publication secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap. Also Read: Md Shahabuddin Chuppu set to become country’s next president According to the schedule, the presidential election will be held on February 19 as the tenure of incumbent President Abdul Hamid nears an end. The final date for submitting nomination papers was February 12 and those will be reviewed on February 13, as per the EC. The commission set February 14 as the final date for withdrawing nominations. Voting will be held at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban from 2 pm to 5 pm on February 19. According to the constitution, a new president has to be elected within 90 to 60 days prior to the end of the incumbent president's tenure. The previous presidential election schedule was announced on January 25, 2018. Abdul Hamid was elected president unopposed for the second term on February 6 though the election was slated for February 18. President Hamid is set to complete his tenure on April 23 this year
The newly appointed judges of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh met the President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban this evening. The newly appointed judges are Justice Mohammad Shawkat Ullah Chowdhury, Justice Md Atabullah, Justice Biswajit Debnath, Justice Md Aminul Islam, Justice Md Ali Reza, Justice Md Bazlur Rahman, Justice KM Imrul Kayesh, Justice Fahmida Quader, Justice Md Bashir Ullah, Justice SM Masud Hossain Dolan and Justice AKM Rabiul Hasan. President's Press Secretary Zainal Abedin said in the briefing that congratulating the new judges of the High Court, President Hamid hoped that the new judges would utilize their talent and experience so that the people get justice quickly. Mentioning the high expectations of the people towards the judiciary, the President stressed on increasing the use of modern technology in the judicial process to meet the expectations of the people. Secretaries of the President were present at this time. Also read: Chief Justice presents annual report on JSC to President Hamid
President Abdul Hamid held discussions with three political parties - Zaker Party, Bangladesh Kalyan Party and Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) at Bangabhaban on the formation of an acceptable Election Commission (EC), President's Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin briefed the reporters after the meeting. Zaker party participated in the dialogue with the President at 6pm while a six-member delegation led by party chairman Mostafa Amir Faisal placed four-point proposals, including the enactment of electoral laws and forming a search committee comprising representatives of registered political parties to give the EC a neutral and acceptable manner. They also proposed for using modern technology-block-chain system and e-voting system for ensuring a free, a fair and credible election. Read: UP chairman takes oath on parole in Feni At 7pm, Bangladesh Kallyan Party took part in the dialogue with the President with six-member delegation led by its Secretary General Abdul Awal Mamun. They proposed to form an EC by issuing an ordinance if it is not possible to enact new law immediately. The leaders also sought all-out cooperation of the Executives in EC activities and to ensure accountability of the Election Commission and the government in line with the Article 126 of the Constitution. Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) Chairman Barrister Andaleeve Rahman joined the talks at 8pm. They placed four proposals, including enacting timely law, forming EC in accordance with the Constitution and involving armed forces as a collaborating force in the electoral process. Welcoming the delegations in the talks, the president said elections are an important process in a democratic manner and the role of the Election Commission is very important to ensure a free, fair and acceptable poll. Read: Another Qwwali programme held at TSC to protest attack The valuable opinions as well as recommendations of the political parties with regarding the formation of election commission would play a fruitful role, the Head of the State hoped. Hamid sought a very proactive role of the country's political parties to create conducive environment in politics and motivate the voters to ensure fair and credible polls. Ruling party Bangladesh Awami League will hold a dialogue with the President on January 17 at 4 pm, as the last party in the list. The current EC's five-year tenure is set to expire on February 14.