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Upazilla Election : Phase -5-Rigging spoils Voting April 2, 2014

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The 5th and last phase of voting held on 31st March 2014 has been marred by rigging . [1][2][3][4][5]
Opposition BNP expressed that the rigging deserves a place in the Guiness book.[1]
AL could manage lead in the unfair polls. [1]
Media predicted violence even before polls.
Though people can’t participate in the polls, AL thanks EC for fair polls.[1]

People think that though AL has won votes by force , but the ultimate outcome will not be good for the ruling party.

 

An ordinary citizen

 

Upazilla Election-Phase 4: Voting turns more violent March 26, 2014

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4th phase election was held in 91 upazilla amid more violence and rigging.[1][2]

Observers predicted the same even before the voting.

Rigging takes new modes. [1]

Result shows AL got 48, BNP 18, Jamaat 5, JP 1 and others 7.

Election Commission expressed satisfaction the way it was held.

AL claimed it fairest of all.[1]

Upazilla Election-Phase II -BNP advances further March 1, 2014

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BNP did a bit better than AL in the second phase of upazilla election held on 27 February 2014 though the election was marred by violence, vote rigging and abandoned by parties in some upazilla.

News: The Daily Star
AL soul searching
Jamaat did well through deal

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7/3/2014
Jamaat’s gain: Whose loss?

Upazilla Election: 1st Round February 19, 2014

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The first phase of election in 97 upazillas held today with the participation of all the parties that is a major difference from the Jan 5 general election. The result is coming out with opposition BNP leading with a narrow margin over AL.[1][2]

An ordinary citizen
Follow up
21/2/2014
Turnout is 62%
হোঁচট খেয়েছে আ.লীগ, খুশি বিএনপি-জামায়াত
Jamaat’s gain: Whose loss?

MPs, Statement of Wealth and Election Commission December 26, 2013

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from Daily Star

from Daily Star

Disclosure of statement of wealth of MPs and Ministers in the net and in the media embarrasses the Government.
The Ruling Party members want EC to conceal the facts.
EC is considering to comply with the request of the Government. (more…)

An Election of Farce and Fun December 18, 2013

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154 candidates of out of 300 seats in Bangladesh Parliament have  already been elected before a single vote was cast. The election will be held on 5th January 2014 as scheduled by the Election Commission, the result is unprecedented in the history of elections in Bangladesh and in the world.Major opposition party BNP and most other political parties threat to boycott the election if the election is not held under a neutral (caretaker) government. Earlier the present government amended the constitution and empowered the Prime Minister to remain as head of the state during the election period with the cabinet existing and parliament running. (more…)

CEC Declares Election Schedule November 27, 2013

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Chief Election Commissioner declares election schedule after a day of his observation that we can wait for the opposing groups for coming to a consensus through a dialogue and set January 5 as the day of election.
BNP, the main opposition party and its 18 party alliance rejected the schedule and announced 48 hour program of nationwide barricade of all communication highways.

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Opinion:
Syed Abul Maksud in Prothom Alo
Shahdin Malik in Prothom Alo

All Party Government November 23, 2013

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An ‘All Party Government’ is formed with the parties in the government. [News]
Opposition rejects the invitation to join the All Party Government.[news] Daily Star termed it a government in the name only.[comment]

Khaleda urges for all party elections when she met with the President.[News]

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Opinion: Mizaur Rahman Khan

Opposition Imposed 84 Hour Hartal November 10, 2013

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Courtesy: Daily Star

Courtesy: Daily Star

Opposition led by BNP extended its 3rd consecutive 60 hr long hartal for caretaker government into 84 hour after arrest of their 5 top leaders. Heavy contingent of Law enforcers also keep staying around Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan House and BNP central office at Naya Paltan. The Daily Star described the situation as ‘Country looks down the barrel of a gun’. [News]

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People Perception Study by Daily Star November 5, 2013

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area-coverageDaily Star with support of Asia Foundation made a national survey in Bangladesh in September 2013 to evaluate the perception of people on next election and state of governance. (more…)

Representation of the People (amendment) Bill, 2013 is Passed November 1, 2013

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The Parliament in its present session amended and passed RPO. The new amendment made provisions for getting nomination from any political party just after joining. Earlier there was precondition of 3 years primary membership to compete from any parliamentary election to restrict the bureaucrats,businessmen and unsteady politicians to take unwanted privilege. (more…)

Big Brother is Watching October 29, 2013

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Courtesy: Internet

Courtesy: Internet

Closed Circuit Camera network revived in Dhaka on the brink of turmoil.

Link : Big Brother is watching

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Country is passing through 60 hr hartal October 28, 2013

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Bangladesh is passing through 60 hr hartal imposed by BNP led 18-parties opposition.  AL leaders and Government ministers repeatedly asked the opposition to withdraw the hartal. PM also asked the opposition leader in her telephone call to stop the hartal before dialogue. But Khaleda refused to sit before the hartal ends.

The 1st day of hartal is marked by  violence and deaths in search of peaceful transition of power to the next government.

An ordinary citizen 

Link :

1st day of hartal -Daily Star

 

Meetings & Processions held breaking Rule 144 throughout the country October 26, 2013

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Meetings and processions have taken place in different places despite rule 144 imposed by the Home Ministry.  Clashes have occurred between police, BGB and RAB with the opposition activists. Pro-government political workers at places participated along with the law enforcing agencies in clashes. So far, 7 persons have been killed, hundreds injured and dozens arrested  in the violence.

 

An ordinary citizen

 

Link: News

Government bends to allow BNP to hold rally at Dhaka October 25, 2013

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BNP rally on 25 october-1Home Ministry bends to allow BNP to hold rally at Sharawardy Uddan on 25 October 2013. Earlier ban was imposed on any political meetings and processions by Dhaka Metropolitan Police. BNP was denied permission to hold any meeting at any place. (more…)

Government Banned All Political Activities in the Capital October 24, 2013

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A day after submission of proposal of  All Party Election-Time Government, the Home Ministry banned all political activities of political parties including human chain and indoor meeting.

The declaration came as a surprise for people as they were looking forward for a dialogue between government and opposition. The ban will create a doubt over the intention of the Government regarding a peaceful solution of the crisis.

An ordinary citizen

 

Link:  The news

 

General Election in No Consensus September 5, 2013

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Prime Minister Sk Hasina has set the final outline for the next general election. It is said that the present government will continue through the election period under the premiership of Sk. Hasina. The cabinet will continue to function but  will not make any policy decision. The parliament also will not be dissolved but will not hold any session. The last of the election is said to be 24 January 2013.

BNP straightway rejected the arrangement and said that it will create in no way level playing field for all the parties which is a prerequisite for a free and fair election.

Link:  the news

An opinion : Mahfuz Anam, Daily Star

An observation : Prothom Alo

Dhaka Billboard : Speaking Itself August 7, 2013

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Looking into the debacle of AL in city corporations elections July 12, 2013

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AL debacle -1AL, the party in power has lost to BNP in large margin, the main opposition in all 5 elections of city corporations in last weeks. Gazipur is the last of the city corporations that include Rajshahi, Sylhet, Khunla and Barisal. The result is an unexpected debacle for the government party, that is even beyond the expectations of the most neutral observer, the experts in opposition and most pessimists in the government party. Ordinary people surprised them all. (more…)

Timing of Trial of War Crimes will be Tested by History April 1, 2013

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I was listening to a talk-show where Kazi Jafar Ahmed was a guest. He was engaged in left politics from his student life and had been a veteran leader of the left during most of his political career and joined Ershad’s Jatiya Party at the end stage of his career and became Prime Minister during his regime.

But I was astonished by one of his speculations on war crime tribunal. He himself was a freedom fighter. (more…)

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