BD SC bars use scale as election symbol

BD SC bars use scale as election symbol

SAM Staff,

Bangladesh Supreme Court directed the Election Commission (EC) not to allocate scale as election symbol to any political party.

The decision was taken at the full court meeting of the SC in the presence of Chief Justice SK Sinha and the judges of the High Court division.

The SC has long been using ‘Scale’ in its monogram as the symbol of justice.

Quoting the HC division’s additional registrar (law and admin) Sabbir Foyez, the country’s media reported that the apex court would send a letter to the EC requesting it not to allocate ‘Scale’ as the election symbol to any political party.

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist party, used ‘weighing scale’ – a symbol of justice – as its electoral symbol.

The party also got EC registration with ‘weighing scale’ as its election symbol on November 4, 2008.

The EC later scraped the registration following a HC order after it found the party’s charter contradictory to the Constitution of Bangladesh.

The meeting also observed that the symbol of apex court is used as political party’s election symbol in no country.

However, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai fought election in 2004 with the ‘Scale’ as his election, while the country’s Supreme Court monogram bears the insignia as a symbol of justice.