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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

EC's invitation to BNP

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Monday deferred to February 27 the hearing of the two writ petitions that challenged the Election Commission's invitation to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party's reformist faction's acting secretary-general, Hafizuddin Ahmed, for participation in the dialogue on electoral reforms.

The High Court bench of Justices Mirza Hossain Haider and Mamnun Rahman set the date as the EC's counsel, Kamal Hossain, and Khaleda Zia and BNP's counsels, TH Khan and AJ Mohammad Ali, appealed for expeditious hearing of the writ petitions.

The EC had invited Hafizuddin, the secretary-general of the Saifur Rahman-led faction of the BNP, to dialogues scheduled for November 22, 2007.

The High Court on November 18, 2007 stayed the EC's letter of invitation to Hafizuddin after hearing a writ petition, filed by detained BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, that challenged the EC's invitation to the reformist faction of the BNP.

The court asked the EC, six members of BNP's standing committee and Hafizuddin to explain why the invitation should not be declared illegal. They were also asked by the court to explain why Khandakar Delwar Hossain, the secretary-general appointed by Khaleda, should not be invited to the electoral reform talks.

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