On Sunday, the Election Commission (EC) made the decision to approve the registration of two new political parties in Bangladesh, namely the Bangladesh Nationalist Movement (BNM) and the Bangladesh Supreme Party (BSP). Ten other parties, including Gono Adhikar Parishad, were not selected for registration.
Out of the 12 parties that applied for registration, only two were chosen to proceed to the next round of selection. Jahangir Alam, the Election Commission Secretary, shared this information with reporters following a meeting of the Commission at the Nirbachan Bhaban in Agargaon, the capital.
Two New Political Parties gets green light
After the Commission Meeting, EC Secretary Md Jahangir Alam states to the Journalists, “There were 12 parties who were short-listed for registration, among which 10 parties had given information that did not have enough relevance with the actual information.”
“After much scrutinizing, EC has decided to allow 2 parties to proceed with the Electoral Registration. These two parties are Bangladesh Nationalist Movement (BNM) and Bangladesh Supreme Party (BSP). Tomorrow (Monday), a press release will be published in the newspapers regarding these two new parties.”
Reason for 10 parties not getting registration approval
After many speculations, ‘Gana Adhikar Parishad’ and ‘Amar Bangladesh Party (AB Party)’ has been denied registration by the Election Commission alongside eight other political parties.
“The scrutiny has been done on the basis of various factors. There is supposed to be a regional office, a committee, manpower and many other factors that we have analysed. After proper analysis, we have nominated these two parties with adequate papers and will be publishing a proper press release according to the law.”
The political parties that were excluded from the registration process include Ab Party (Amar Bangladesh Party), Bangladesh Humanist Party (BHP), Nagorik Oikya, Bangladesh Sanatan Party, Bangladesh Labour Party, Bangladesh Minority Janata Party (BMJP), Bangladesh People’s Party (BPP), Democratic Party, and Bangladesh Liberal Democratic Party (BLDP).
Requirements for getting Electoral Registration
In accordance with the law, parties seeking registration must fulfil specific requirements, including the establishment of functional committees and offices in 21 districts and 100 upazilas or police stations. Furthermore, a minimum of 200 party members must be present in each upazila. The Election Commission (EC) has conducted two rounds of verification to assess the field offices and committees of these parties.
The report obtained from these two phases was reviewed during the commission meeting held on Sunday. Parties that have successfully met the stipulated conditions will be deemed eligible for registration in accordance with the established rules.
Jahangir Alam also added, “By July 26, a notice will be published in the newspapers to find out if anyone has any objection over the registration. If any, the objections will be resolved and then the next decision will be taken.”