প্রকাশিত: ০৭ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৭ ১১:৫২:১০ || পরিবর্তিত: ০৭ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৭ ১১:৫২:১০
The country yesterday got its first female election commissioner in Begum Kabita Khanam, a former district and sessions judge.
Different political parties and organizations have long been demanding appointment of a woman as the election commissioner.
President Abdul Hamid decided to appoint a female member in the next EC after holding discussions with 31 political parties. The search committee, formed to recommend names for the posts of chief election commissioner and other commissioners, was asked to recommend two women.
The country already has female prime minister, Speaker and opposition leader of parliament.
“Yes, it's true that I'm the first female election commissioner of the country. For this, I want to express my gratitude to the almighty Allah. I'm also thankful to the president for appointing me,” Kabita told last night.
“I have 31 long years' experience in the judiciary. With my experience, I will try to discharge my duties and fulfil people's expectations,” she added.
Born in Naogaon in 1957, Kabita completed Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc) in zoology from Rajshahi University. She also obtained an LLB degree from the same university.
As a BCS judicial cadre official, she joined the Munsef Court in Rajshahi in February 1984. She was elevated to joint district judge in 1994 and additional district judge in 2000.
She was promoted as the district judge in October 2006 and severed as district and sessions judge in Chapainawabganj and Rajshahi. She retired as Rajshahi District and Sessions Judge in June last year.
Her late husband was the chief metropolitan magistrate in Rajshahi. Kabita's son is an officer of the Bangladesh Army and her daughter is a doctor.