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Will political parties be able to avoid upazilla elections? August 9, 2008

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Elections in 300 upazillas out of 482 will be held in October, 2008, EC declared.
The political parties reacted against the declaration. AL said that they will not particiate in the upazilla elections before the general election. They will approach the other members of the 14 party-alliance not to join the same. AL also said that they will formally place their proposals to the care taker government in the dialogue. Someone said that AL will hold the upazilla election after 1 month of the general election if they form the government.
Menon of Workers parties is a little bit diplomatic. He said that the present government should not hold the upazilla election before the general election, but ultimate participation in the upazilla election will depend on the situation arises once it is declared.
BNP Delwar as always against any election under the government before the general election. It views all the election would be stage managed under this government. It even did not accepted the result of the presently concluded mayoral elections in 4 cities and 9 municipalities.
But Mannan Bhuiyan, who recently released on bail from jail said that not participating in the mayoral elelctions by BNP was a wrong decision. If BNP participated it would won atleast 3 out of 4 city corporations. Though he acknowleged that the local body elections was fair and free, he told that the upazilla election should not be held under the caretaker governmentand before the general election.
But will the people listen to the aspirations of the political leaders? The political parties had the same advocay for the city corporations and municipalities elections. Local people and party activists didn’t head their advice. Ultimately the parties had to bow down to the will of the people. Here AL took more pregmatic role and they won almost all the seats. BNP was confused and they failed.

Will the people react in the same way and will political parties follow them?
Will AL and BNP take different stands and one will be looser even before the election?

An ordinary citizen

Local body elections: High court is in favour of political campaign August 1, 2008

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, ELECTION, GOVERNANCE, JUDICIARY, local government, POLITICS.
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Bangladesh High Court in a judgment yesterday allows the candidates the use their political affiliations in the local government election.[DS]
The judgment goes against the Election Commission who bars the candidates to use their political identity.
The judgment also will frustrate the citizens group who like to see the local government elections to be non-political in character.
On the other hand. the politicians expressed their rejoice on the judgment saying it is the recognition of the politician against some quarters attempt to depoliticisation of the local government from the mainstream politics.

The High Court however allows election of the 4 city corporations and 9 municipal bodies to be held as sheduled.

The Election Commission accepted the verdict for the time being and will complete already scheduled city corporations elections, then they will make necessary amendments in laws to make the local government elections non-political.[DS]

An ordinary citizen

Let Media play more positive role to make the local government elections effective July 11, 2008

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With the progress of the process of the local government elections, the constructive role of media is increasingly felt with time.

The political parties are trying to give the local government a political colour- they are choosing their candidate, declaring the names, urging others to accept their verdict etc. The media should try to uphold the non- political character of the local government elections. The candidates who are competing in the elections should be judged by their work, competence and qualities of character rather than their political affiliation. (more…)

BNP is pursuing wrong strategy for local government elections July 4, 2008

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Delwar Hussain, leader of Pro-Khaleda faction of BNP declared not to join in the local government election. He also threats that if anybody join violating the party decision , he will be thrown out of the party. Major(Rt) Hafiz of Pro-Reform faction though initially not against the participation in the local government election , later soften his stand to keep party unity regarding the issue.

Two factors influence the BNP decision not to join the election: a) no breakthrough in the release of Khaleda in the near future b) the decision of the Jamaat-e-Islam, partner of BNP 4 party alliance in the last regime. (more…)

Local government elections: empowering the people June 30, 2008

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Preparation is underway for local government elections in Bangladesh. Election Commission has declared its intension, the Government has endorsed it and the local people has accepted it.

The response of the major political parties was initially negative, and then AL changed its stand and decided to participate in the local government elections in its last Working Committee meeting.

Local government election is by essence non-political election. The election is based on local problems and aim at development of local areas. The candidate should be judged on their commitment to the local area, their competency and integrity of their character. The party affiliation should not play a major role in choice of local candidates by the people. (more…)

Local government elections: political parties are at odds with the people June 27, 2008

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Election Commission declared the local government elections in 4 city corporations and 9 municipal corporations to be held in August 2008. Though the Government wanted the political parties to support the initiative but major political parties are against the local government elections to be held before the general election.

But the local residents of the respective areas are showing enthusiasm in election work, the political workers in the local area are also start working and the political and local leaders are showing their aspirations to participate in the local polls. (more…)

Local government elections, political parties and people March 10, 2008

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The Government is preparing to hold the local government elections before the national election. Local Government experts and many of the citizen groups are in favour of holding local election first.The election may be of city corporations and municipalities or upazilla parishad . The LGRD ministry is in favour of upazilla elction first.

But the declaration of the local government elections has created a controversy in the political circle. Major political parties AL and BNP are against the local government elections before the national election, but AL President Zillur Rahman told that they are against the local government electione but if the government hold the election then they will participate in it. Saifur-led BNP once also said to participate in the local elections

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