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TIB still hopeful of a credible poll

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Staff Reporter
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Tuesday hoped that a free, fair and creditable general election could be held in the country with the participation of all major political parties.
“We hope that the next parliamentary elections will be held with the participation of all political parties,” said executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Dr Iftekharuzzaman.
The TIB chief was addressing a press conference at the TIB office marking the launching of the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2013.
Dr Iftekharuzzaman said the national parliament is the most important institution, which plays a strong role in curbing corruption in the country. “But, we think, if there’s any unilateral election, parliament cannot play any strong role in combating graft.”
TIB Trustee Board chairperson advocate Sultana Kamal was present on the occasion.
In wake of prolonged political deadlock over the nature of election-time government, the TIB in April this year proposed a formula of a polls-time government to conduct the next general election neutrally to avert the ongoing political crisis.
According to the proposal, the Speaker of parliament will seek names from political parties for forming a parliamentary consensus committee and the committee may be formed taking equal number of members from both alliances.
The parliamentary consensus committee will select the chief of the government in consultations with the ruling and opposition alliances. The committee will also select the names of a 10-member cabinet of the proposed government.

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