The search committee, mandated to suggest candidates for the posts of chief and different election commissioners for the following Election Commission (EC), has finalised 10 names on Tuesday in its seventh assembly on the Judges’ Lounge of the Supreme Court.
The nominations, which the committee didn’t publish regardless of repeated calls from eminent residents, will likely be proposed to President Abdul Hamid for his evaluate on Thursday, Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam advised reporters after the almost four-hour assembly.
He stated the president will determine the following steps concerning the candidates.
The assembly, chaired by Chief Justice Obaidul Hasan, started at 4.30 within the afternoon to finalise the candidates out of a short-list of 13 folks.
Other members of the committee – Justice SM Quddus Zaman, former election commissioner Muhammad Sohul Hossain, writer-professor Anwara Syed Haque, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Muslim Chowdhury and Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Sohrab Hossain – additionally attended the assembly.
Meanwhile, replying to a question on the choice course of, the cupboard secretary stated, “It was determined by them [search committee]. I was not present during the procedure as I am not a member.”
He additionally stated the nominations are solely identified to the search committee members and they’ll submit the record to the president instantly.
The last record of nominations for the put up of chief election commissioner and different commissioners have been chosen by way of an elimination course of from over 320 candidates.
Earlier on Sunday, the committee short-listed 13 names out of 20 in its sixth assembly.
Apart from the seven conferences amongst its members, the search committee additionally held 4 separate conferences with eminent residents and journalists, a lot of whom repeatedly known as for the record of candidates to be revealed.
Heeding their calls, the committee revealed the preliminary record of 322 candidates however avoided publishing the ultimate picks, saying it didn’t have the authorized authority to take action.
As per the legislation, the committee will decide the work methodology, but it surely doesn’t have the facility to reveal the names, stated Justice Obaidul Hassan, head of the committee, advised journalists on Sunday.
“So, we will submit the list of final nominees to the president. If the president asks us to publish it, we will do that,” he stated.
The committee’s resolution has stirred criticism and bitter outbursts from eminent residents, who attended the assembly on the invitation of the search committee.
Supreme Court Advocate Shahdeen Malik on the day advised The Business Standard, “Looking at the situation, it seems we should not have gone to this meeting.”
The jurist additional stated the search committee began its work with a lot transparency in contrast with the final two search committees. But if the proposed nominations on the ultimate record are usually not disclosed, its transparency will likely be questioned.
Some even held the committee to its place of not having the authorized energy for disclosing the names.
Former election commissioner Brigadier General M Sakhawat Hossain stated, “We disagree with the work method described in the EC formation law. There is no obligation for the search committee to disclose the final nominees as per the law. That is why the committee does not want to get into any hassle unnecessarily.”
The preliminary record of 322 candidates included professors, judges, former secretaries and former army officers. However, there isn’t a authorized obligation that the search panel must finalise the record from there because the committee can also finalise the record at its personal discretion.