Jamaat may contest polls under other party banners

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 16:08, Nov 09, 2018 | Updated : 17:43, Nov 09, 2018


Jamaat-e-Islami leaders are eligible to contest in the 11th Parliamentary Election under the banner of other registered political parties, said the Election Commission.
“They can also choose to take part in the election as independent candidates,” EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told the media on Friday (Nov 9).
Responding to a query, Ahmed said, “Registered parties may choose to pick members of unregistered parties and let them contest with their electoral symbol.”
This opportunity has been created due to the removal of a provision in the People's Representation Order stating that a minimum three-year party membership is required to contest the polls.
As a result, the leaders of unregistered parties of different alliances will now be able to contest polls under a larger banner should they choose.
“We cannot stop any registered party from nominating a leader of an unregistered party. Neither can we stop them from contesting the polls independently,” Ahmed said.
“However the EC must be informed within 3 days should any one wish to contest the polls with a coalition,” he added.
He said that everyone concerned has been notified that no promotional activities will be allowed before the electoral symbols are designated.