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US Senate on Bangladesh February 13, 2014

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In a new Senate hearing in USA , USA again insists for a neutral election in Bangladesh.[1][2]

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Necessity of a re-election January 17, 2014

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In January 5 election people didn’t get the opportunity to cast their vote in significant number and form a government that represent their will.
In 153 constituencies, no vote was required as there was only one candidate in each of those constituencies. In the remaining 147 constituencies, whatever the reasons, people virtually didn’t go to the voting center.

Common People has an emptiness in their heart as they can’t feel the government as the government of their choice.

It will be wise if the government could renew their mandate by rearranging a new election in the country.

An ordinary citizen

Follow up:
17/1/2014
State Power vs People’s Power-Mahfuz Anam in Daily Star

BNP in disarray ? January 14, 2014

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confusion-1AL has somehow formed the government after holding an election that is not participated by the main opposition and not voted in significant number by the people.
Still BNP finds itself in a difficult situation. BNP is out of the government and out of the parliament and out of the streets. Western powers are asking it to distant itself from Jamaat and from violence. Government also not open its offices and not release its leaders.

BNP is reviewing its strategies. BNP is thinking of peaceful program and avoiding violence in future.

Whether these steps would be enough to convince the government to come to a consensus to arrange an early election that will be free, fair and participatory-time only could tell.

An ordinary citizen

The Minority Issue January 10, 2014

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Just after the election, the minority community in different parts of the country is attacked, their houses ransacked and their prayer houses damaged. They have to leave their houses and have to take shelter elsewhere. Police failed to protect them. Though 5 lac law enforcers are on the field as a part of election duty including RAB,BGB and Army, but their presence was little felt. No effective action was taken from the administration. No satisfying inquiry and no convincing arrest was made.
Many are blaming Jamaat-Shibir for the offence. But their are evidence that other parties are also involved in the incident for their own purpose.
Some are also blaming government that they are creating the incidents to divert the attention of the people from the recently held one sided poorly participated election.
Government declared forming special tribunal for punishing the offenders.

An ordinary citizen

Post Election Reactions, Observations and Analysis January 6, 2014

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PM expressed her satisfaction on the voting and orders stern action against violence.
Opposition leader Khaleda said government lost moral and constitutional basis to stay in power.

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Follow up:
9/1/2014
Polls disappointing say UK, USA, Canada, Commonwealth
Bangladesh polls a constitutional requirement: India
Ban asks Bangladesh political parties to resume dialogue
US calls for fresh elections in Bangladesh
Low turnout, poor reflection of voters’ will-Germany, France on Bangladesh polls

EU for transparency,inclusive polls
10/1/2014
US senate stresses for credible election-Daily Star/Indian Express
Sheikh Hasina plans to hang on to office after an electoral farce
-Economist
/Daily Star
11/1/2014
US senate writes Hasina, Khaleda for new polls
No real winners in Bangladesh-The Hindu
Backing Bangladesh -The Hindu(India)

12/1/2014
A farce for festoons: Outlook (India)
হায়রে নির্বাচন! হায়রে দেশ!-আসিফ নজরুল | জানুয়ারি ০৬, ২০১৪ -Prothom Alo
সংসদ নির্বাচন ২০১৪

যা হলো তা মুখ রক্ষার নির্বাচন-বদিউল আলম মজুমদার | জানুয়ারি ০৬, ২০১৪ |Prothom Alo

January 5 Election Result January 5, 2014

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from Daily New Age

from Daily New Age

AL headed for absolute majority.

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After January 5 Election January 5, 2014

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BNP rejected the election as they think only 3-5% voters participated in the election and declared 48 hour hartal from 6 January in addition to non-stop blockade imposed earlier by the opposition.
Ananda Bazaar Patrika reported ‘Emergency may be imposed after the election to uproot Jamaat -e-Islami’-

চলতি পরিস্থিতির মোকাবিলায় হাসিনা সরকারকে জরুরি অবস্থা জারি করতে হতে পারে

India fears at poor turnout in the election.
BJP condemns Congress for sabotaging election in Bangladesh.
DNA assumes Bangladesh Elections: AL wins, bangladesh loses
Echo of India predicts an uncertain future for Bangladesh after election.
Gorie.com said Bangladesh vote unlikely to wave violence.

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Rethinking on Indo-Bangladesh Relations January 3, 2014

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Experts in India are rethinking the Indo-Bagladesh relations in the backdrop of January 5 election in Bangladesh-

A stable democratic polity in Bangladesh in the interest of India: Hindustan Times /Inquilab
Asian Age has stated

In Bangladesh, with polarisation complete between Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League defending a secular polity, albeit by questionable means, and the right wing forces rallying around Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s Khaleda Zia, are Indian interests safeguarded only in the short run, or does India have a fall-back strategy? Again it is a case of reluctant meddling resting on hope that historical forces will beget a benign outcome.

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5/1/2014
Indian Media question election

UN and Bangladesh January 3, 2014

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UN to rescue?

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BNP calls for Nonstop Blockade from 1st January January 1, 2014

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from Daily Star

from Daily Star

BNP calls for nonstop blockade from 1st January to cancel the January 5 election. The program was announced by Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, an Adviser to Khaleda Zia and ex-President of Supreme Court Bar Association on 30th December in his house in a press conference, a few hours after he met Khaleda Zia in her residence.

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Rising Terrorism December 21, 2013

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Is Bangladesh inching forward towards a terrorist state?
Bangladesh is passing through a election process, but is not participated by all political parties. 155 candidates are already became winner without cast of a single vote. In the remaining 145 seats, few candidates will able to go their area and campaign in the election, there will be little or no competitive election in the absence of major opposition party candidate.People’s participation in the election on 5th January will reduced to 10-15% of the total voters. (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…)

India in Bangladesh Election December 16, 2013

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SujathaSingh in Bangladesh

Ssujatha Singh in Bangladesh

How deeply India feels concern about Bangladesh Election is reflected by the recent visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh to Bangladesh at the height of pre-election tempo in the country. She met PM Sk. Hasina, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia , Jatiya Party President HM Ershad and others. (more…)

To the Conscious of PM November 29, 2013

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Nothing is changing the pre-election scenario that is marked with violence, clashes and deaths. Government is determined to continue their effort to hold the election at any cost. Opposition is trying their best to mar the process. There is no effective sign of dialogue. Appeal of the eminent citizens to the President also brought no fruit. Dr. Kamal Hossain said that it is a matter of one minute for the PM to settle the issue.

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Search for new election commissioners December 25, 2011

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The term of present 3 election commissioners including the chief elction commissioner will be over in February,2012.This commissioners were appointed during the early months of the last Caretaker Government.
The present government has proposed a dialogue with the president and the political parties to choose the next election commissioners. The response of main oppostion party BNP is not yet specific. They welcome the dialougue but they didn’t commit straight whether they will participate in the dialogue. Some opposition members are also afraid that the dialogue may be a eye-wash and the ultimate selection will be dictated by the government and will be determined to serve the interest of the party in power.
BNP also emphasied that the priority of doalogue should be on the form of government rather than the name of the election commissioners.
Anwer Hussain Munju, a faction of JP said that the diagoue is a farce and is a drama and would be useless.
Pro-government paties are showing interets and will sit in the dialogue soon.
The present Chief Election Commissioner when asked about the initiative of the government said that it is good but may not be fruitful because of the difference of opinion among the political parties. He added that they proposed for a search committee for the purpose but the government didn’t pay heed to the proposal.
Transparency International Bangladesh also suggested a search committee to choose the election commissioners and the members of the search committee should include the present CEC and an ex-CEC.

We hope that Governement will take the measures to make the Election Commission neutral and effective.

People will lose confidence on Government if they are failed to do so.

An ordinary citizen

Continuity of reform processes yet not ensured February 26, 2008

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Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed has said recently that Caretaker Government (CTG) is focused on the election to be held by December 2008.

CTG, after coming to power in the backdrop of 1/11 with relief to the people and with high hopes, declared objective of holding a free and free election in corruption free environment.

By this time, CTG has taken some reform measures in the Election Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission, Public Service Commission, Judiciary etc which are told as revolutionary changes in the context of Bangladesh and Bangladesh politics.

So far, no governments of any political party took these basic measures which were written in their manifestos and frequently uttered in their speeches. It is beyond doubt that one of the major achievements of the present government is the reforms that they have made in different constitutional institutions.

Other than its failure to control hectic price of the essential commodities, the government also fail to make any reform in the political parties.

Though there was initially some attempts for reform in the political parties, that didn’t continued. Rather the reformist groups in the major political parties’ compromise with the non-reformist group in the parties.

Though the EC is trying to have a change in the structure of the political parties, so far no significant change happen. The party leaders are more interested in having the elections as early as possible and release of their leaders. At times, they are not even considering completion of new voter list as a precondition for election.

But without necessary reform and changes of attitude in the political parties, the continuity of the reform process will not be ensured as it is the political parties, who will keep the reform continued.

It is said that reform should be the concern of the political parties themselves but it is the Caretaker Government who will be responsible for ultimate success or failure for continuation of the reform process.

The ordinary citizen worried that necessary reform yet not established in the political parties without which other constitutional reforms will not be sustained.

 

An ordinary citizen