As the national election approaches, the Election Commission (EC) sits today in a parley with 14 foreign diplomats and representatives of international donor agencies apparently to discuss election issues.
The Commission will arrange the meeting at the EC secretariat at 11am.
Envoys of the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, the European Union (EU) and representative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are supposed to attend the meeting.
At the meeting, the diplomats and the representatives are likely to know the initiatives for the electoral reforms made by the current Election Commission, headed by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, and preparation for the 10th parliamentary elections.
“The meeting appears to mainly focus on their assistance to the Commission and the electoral reforms,” Election Commissioner Md Shah Nawaz told reporters at his office on Monday.
These countries and agencies, he said, assist EC’s different projects through the UNDP.
“They’ve been assisting to provide electoral instruments, including translucent ballot boxes, irremovable ink. We need more translucent ballot boxes as 70 lakh new voters have been added to the electoral rolls in January last. So, its natural the meeting will mainly discuss their assistance to the Commission,” the commissioner added.
The Rakibuddin Commission was constituted in February 2012 through a search committee.