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Jamaat seeks 2 more months for amending party charter

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday sought two months from the Election Commission (EC) for making necessary amendments to its constitution in order to retain its registration.

Earlier, on November 4, the EC sent a letter to Jamaat asking it to submit by December 5, its amended constitution.

The letter addressed to Jamaat's secretary general pointed out some provisions in the party's charter which do not conform to the country's constitution and Representation of the People Order (RPO).

“The EC will hold a meeting to decide whether it will give time to Jamaat,” Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad told reporters at the EC Secretariat premises.

The RPO clearly stipulates that a political party will be disqualified from getting registered if any provision in its charter contradicts the country's constitution and the RPO.

Moreover, registration with the EC is a prerequisite for any political party to contest the parliamentary polls.

Jamaat registered with the EC before the parliamentary polls on December 29, 2008 after bringing some provisional changes to its constitution.

It was supposed to submit its final amended constitution by January 24, 2010 but Jamaat did not respond, in spite of being asked again in April, 2010.

The EC gave Jamaat a fresh time frame this year though its deadline expired around three years ago.

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