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>BANGLADESH’S Law Adviser, AF Hassan Ariff, today said the government is considering withdrawing fully the emergency rules before the next parliamentary elections.
Some sections of the Emergency Power Rules (EPR), 2007 that bar electioneering will be withdrawn next month after the Election Commission (EC) announces timetable for the elections to city corporations, he added.
“The Election Commission has been talking about schedule for polls to four city corporations. So, the EPR sections or other laws that are obstacles to electoral activities would have to go,” he said during his weekly press briefing at the secretariat.
Asked if the state of emergency will be withdrawn completely before the city corporation elections, he said it is something to be decided by the cabinet.
There is however no denying that the EPR must be relaxed, he added.Ariff, former attorney general, also said the emergency rules should be withdrawn completely before the parliamentary polls and discussions are on to that end.
He continues: “The EPR will not be there if (general) elections are to be held.”
Earlier on February 14, the law adviser said there is no bar to holding election with the state of emergency in force, but some of the emergency power rules must be withdrawn since they block electoral activities.
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