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Same old faces in the local government elections July 5, 2008

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, GOVERNANCE, local government.

It is found that same old faces are competing in the August local government elections. Many of them are alleged for murder, ransom, smuggling, corruption, forced acquisition of land etc.[PA][DS]
Old guards of the major political parties have submitted their nominations for the race. The parties themselves are also trying to set their best candidates for the posts.
Though the local government election is non-political, the parties will try to get their candidate come out successful.
EC warns that in no way the party would use their political identity and make political campaign. Violators of the rule will be penalized.
But the EC has little authority on the candidacy against those leaders against whom there allegation of various offenses.

Now, the choosing the honest and best candidate will depend on the judgment of the voters of the local area.

Dr. Tofayel Ahmed, the local Government expert opined against the direct mayoral election but suggested for selection of the best from the elected ward commissioners in a city or municipal set up and selection of best for the post of chairman in the union parishad from the elected ward commissioners. This model is followed in the Panchayet Election of the west Bengal where local government structure is working very effectively. But out local government ordinance didn’t go that option.[PA]

Let us wait and see how everything goes. It is good that atleast the wheel of election in Bangladesh starts moving.

An ordinary citizen

Post script:
Badiul Alam Majumder, General Secretary of Sujan ( Citizens for Good Governance) expressed his frustration over the qualities of candidates and response of election commission {which is in contrast to the election commission in India in the coming election} in an essay on 22 July 2008 in Prothom Alo.

Daily Prothom Alo in its editorial on 22 July 2008 comments on the hiding of information submitted by the mayoral candidates in their affidavit.


1. AJ - July 7, 2008

How long can these criminals run for power. I hope to see them suffer soon.

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