Bangladesh Moves to Ban Religion-Based Parties

January 26, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: RTTNews

The Election Commission of Bangladesh has begun the process to ban religion-based political parties in that South Asian country by issuing a directive to three Islamic parties to amend their charters found to be in conflict with the country's Constitution.

It wrote to the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh Khelataf Andolan and Tarikat Federation to amend their respective constitutions as these were not adhering to the provisions of the Representation of People Order (RPO).

Election commissioner M Shakhawat Hossain said as long as these party constitutions were inconsistent with the constitution and the RPO registration clauses, it would not accept them.