Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNF), a newly-floated controversial party, is going to get registered with the Election Commission (EC) amid opposition by BNP.
The EC will take the final decision on BNF within a couple of days as it the commission has already received the 3rd-phase investigation report which goes in favor of BNF.
The decision is most likely to come today, EC secretariat sources said.
The reinvestigation found BNF’s active office in 26 districts and 109 upazilas though it must have offices in 21 districts and 100 upazilas to get registered with the EC according to the law.
Election Commissioner Md Shah Nawaz on Tuesday said the decision over giving registration to BNF will come in the next couple of days as the next general election is approaching fast.
He, however, categorically said no polls symbol which is similar to ones of the registered political parties would be given to a new party.
The EC formed the inquiry committees headed by Additional Deputy Commissioners to reinvestigate whether BNF fulfill registration requirements following the party got aggrieved at the 2nd phase investigation reports sent by the EC field-level officials.
The committees conducted the reinvestigation between September 22 and September 28. District information officers and district election officers were also members of the committee.
Earlier, the Commission found the newly floated party BNF failed to fulfill the registration’s conditions even in the second investigation reports.
The Commission found active offices of BNF in 26 districts and 88 upazilas in the 2nd phase investigation while it found BNF’s active offices in only 15 districts and 32 upazilas in the primary investigation, both were conducted by the EC’s field-level officials.
BNP is opposing the registration of BNF as it applied to the EC for getting registered using BNP’s logo, Ziaur Rahman’s portrait and his 19-point program and sheaf of wheat as election symbol which looks like BNP’s symbol sheaf of paddy.
A BNP delegation, led by its standing committee member MK Anwar, lodged complaints with the EC against BNF several times and urged the Commission not to give registration to BNF.
Forty-three new political parties have applied for registration within the extended deadline of January 31 this year after the EC issued a public notification in October last year.
The Commission initially picked two parties - BNF and Bangladesh Sangskritik Muktijot- for giving registration. Sangskritik Muktijot has already fulfilled the registration conditions.
Former Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda, who resigned from BNP, floated the BNF with some mid-ranking BNP leaders in 2012. But BNF relieved Huda of the party’s convener post for his ‘anti- party’ activities on March 11 this year. Now its chief coordinator SM Abul Kalam Azad leads the BNF.
Currently, there are 39 political parties registered with the EC.