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Upcoming elections to differentiate central leaders from the local leaders July 30, 2008

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, ELECTION, GOVERNANCE, local government, POLITICS.

Dr. Tofayel Ahmed, the local government expert in his recent article in Prothom Alo told that the upcoming elections in the selected city corporations, municipalities and upazillas in October 2008 and at national level in December 2008 will separate the central leaders from the local leaders.[PA 28 July 2008]. He also added that the Member of Parliaments will be people of intellect and be the policy makers of the nation and the local leaders will take the responsibilities for the development works in their localities.

So far in Bangladesh there was no demarcation between the local leaders and the national leaders. Local leaders were the central leaders. Those who were policy makers bestowed upon themselves the responsibilities to execute the projects by themselves.

We feel that intermixing of the two roles, make the post of the Member of Parliament a post economically more rewarding and encourage the businessmen and people of low intellect to grab for it by hook and crook. Our political systems and election rules support these kind of people to be elected for the parliament.

What you expect from these people in the parliament except to shout in their loudest voices in favour of their party politics or to abuse the others or to boycott the parliament to look after their own business?

We want a qualitative change in the representation of the people in the local governments and in the parliament. In the local government we want to see people who are honest, committed and competent. In the parliament we want to see more literate people, people of thought and men tested best in their own profession.

An ordinary citizen


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