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Narayanganj election: who wins? November 4, 2011

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, ELECTION, People.
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After many dramas and much tension , Nayanganj election is over. The drama started with the first day when 2 very potential candidates filed nomination from the same party. This was possible as the city corporation election is non-party basis and party’s endorsement is not necessary for filing the nomination. Next, both the candidates vied for the support of the party high ups. As both candidates belongs to the government party , they were called by the Prime Minister. What was discussed or told in person were not disclosed outside but both the candidtaes claimed the blessings of the Prime Minister. Whille the public were uncertain, 3 orgamising secretaries of the ruling party appeared in the campaign scene to declare their support in favour of one Showkat Osman. Election Commission warned party organisers not politicise the non- party election. In the capital, the party spokesman declared that the party has no relation with the declared stand of the organising secretaries and it was only their personal opinion. 2 days later the same man declaed ignoring the warning of the EC that AL stands in favour of Sowkat Osman. EC looked weak to the polical stand of the ruling party. In the face of open party stand, Ivy , the other candidate announced , ‘People is on her side’. Campaign continued.

Controversy also raised about the use of Electronic Voting Machine. EC declared to use EVM in 9 voting centers or one third of the total centers. Tairmur, BNP supported candidate protested against the EVM.Taimur even said to confine EMV to two centres so that it had no major influence on the result. Ivy initially supported, then casted her doubt on the method fearing that govt may use it to rig the vote. Osman had no objection to the system. EC remain fixed to their original plan on EVM. Ivy’s posters were found to be missing. Ivy complained that Osman people are behind this unlawful act. When the emotion was on the peak and voting day was only 2 days away, EC failed to deploy the army as they promised. People became suspicious , candidates became confused and EC becaame frustrated. CEC even accused the government of violating the constitution. Yet CEC hoped that fair election could be held without the presence of Army if people participated in the voting in large number.

On the night before voting, all of a suuden Taimur announced his wihdrwal from the race on the plea that the election would not be fair without the presence of Army and government was certain to rig the election. He dealared in tearful eyes and on the direction of his highest leadership. With the disappearace of Taimur from the scene , all eyes now focused on Osman and Ivy. Ivy declared, ‘People are my Army’. She urged all the 15 lac peopel (voter no 4 lac) to come to the voting centres on the day of election.
Elecion held peacefully, no untoward events occured. Though there was no Army, Police and Rab were present in large numbers and turn out of voters was 70 %. Both the candidates raised some irregularities. Voting ended and counts began. Not only the people of Narayanganj but people from all over the country glued to the TV channels to follow the results. With the pouing of results, people found that Ivy won by huge margin.
Is it win of Ivy alone ?
It is the win of the people and win of people’s power.

An ordinary citizen

Nayanganj Election: A tough test for the government October 30, 2011

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Narayanganj City Corporation election is going to be held on 30 October 2011. 6 candidats are competing for the post of city mayor. 3 competitors are in strong race. One of then is supported by the ruling party, the second one claiming to have the blessing the common people and the 3rd one is supported by the opposition.

The election is important from many direction for the government.

The government is obliged to arrange an electon that should be fair and neutral, well managed and free from any sort of interference. As the government is abolishing the caretaker government system and put it’s weight on the strong election commission, it should support the EC in every way to a fair election.

During the campaign, the rules of election was violated by different candidates, the EC warned the candidates but couldn’t take any major decision.

There were always allegation of muscle power, black money, intimidation of voters, communal threat and one candidate also predicts attacks by islamic terrorists.

EC declared to provide Army during election before 48 hours from the beginning. But Government rejects the proposal just before the elction creating great confusion among the voters and the countrymen.The candidates also didn’t take it easily. CEC said government has violated the constitution by not providing the Army.

This election also see the introduction of electronic voting. Objection was raised by candidates on its use in the elction where one third of the voting will be held by the machine. The proportion is enough to manipulate the result in one’s way if the program is altered Or manipulated.

The Narayanganj City Corporation election is a test for government of it,s commitment and sincerity to hold a credible elction.

An ordinary citizen

Follow up :
30.10.2011 9-00 am
Candidate supported by main opposition BNP also declared his withdrawal from the race at fag hours in protest against the government attempt to influence the election by not deploying the Army.

31.10.2011 12-30 am

Election result: Ivy is heading for victory. V for Ivy