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The Representation of the People Order, 1972 (President's Order)


1Chapter VIA


90B. (1) If any political party desires to be registered, it shall-(a) fulfill one of the following conditions, namely-


(i) secured at least one seat with its electoral symbol in any parliamentary election held since the independence of Bangladesh; or


(ii) secured five percent of total votes cast in the constituencies in which its candidates took part in any of the aforesaid parliamentary elections; or


(iii) established a functional central office, by whatever name it may be called with a central committee 2[,functional] district offices in at least in one-third administrative districts, offices 3[in] at least one hundred Upazilas or Metropolitan Thana having a minimum number of two hundred voters as its members in each of them; and


(b) In addition to comply with the terms and conditions referred to in 4[sub-clause(a)], political party, disiring to be registered with the commission, shall have the following specific provisions in its constitution, namely-


(i) to elect the members of the committees at all levels including members of the central committee ;


(ii) to fix the goal of reserving at least 33% of all committee positions for women including the central committee and successively achieving this goal by the year 5[2030];


(iii) to prohibit formation of any organization or body as its affiliated or associated body 6[consisting of] the teachers or students of any educational institution or the employees or labourers of any financial, commercial or industrial institution or establishment or the members of any other profession :


Provided that nothing shall prevent them from organizing independently in their respective fields or forming association, society, trade union etc. and exercising all democratic and political rights, and individual, subject to the provisions of the existing laws, to be a member of any political party.


(iv) to finalize nomination of candidate by central parliamentary board of the party in consideration of panels prepared by members of the Ward, Union, Thana, Upazila or District committee, as the case may be, of concerned constituency.


(2) If an independent member of parliament joins any unregistered political party, the fact of his joining shall not qualify that party for registration with the commission.


  • 1
    CHAPTER VIA was substituted by section 25 of Representation of the People Order (Amendment) Act, 2009 (Act. No. XIII of 2009).
  • 2
    The comma and word “,functional” was substituted for the bracket, words and comma “(as a base for the organizing structure of the party in various administrative level in the country, effective)” by section 17(a) of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. LI of 2013).
  • 3
    The word “in” was substituted for the word “and” by section 17(a) of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. LI of 2013).
  • 4
    The word, bracket and letter “sub-clause (a)” was substituted for the word, bracket and number “clause (1)” by section 17(b) of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. LI of 2013).
  • 5
    The number “2030" was substituted for the number “2020" by section 11 of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2023 (Act No XVII of 2023).
  • 6
    The words " consisting of " were substituted for the words " consisting to " by section 2 of the Representation of the People Order (Amendment) Act, 2009 (Act. No. LXIV of 2009) (with effect from 25th July, 2009).
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