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Will new generation voters change the outcome of the election? December 25, 2008

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This time much is talked about the new generation voters. About 2.7 crore voters are new voters. Most of them are from 18 to 25 years of age. They were born in the late half of Ershad regime and brought up through the political regimes of the last 15 years and they have also seen the last two that was under a caretaker government.

This new generation, it is taken that, have little affiliation to the political parties. They have not voted yet in the general election and no particular symbol is not imprinted in their mind. They have seen how the political parties grow & behave over the last decades, they will able to compare between rhetorics of the leaders and reality of the ground.

They have seen how the partymen corrupt themselves, gave undue privilege to their own activists in recruitment, education and scholarship, shared the government money allotted for public works, forced people to pay the party workers.

They have also seen the rise of ant-liberation forces, how the political parties used them for their own purpose and how the anti-liberation forces shared the power with a major political party of our country.

They have seen how in the name of democracy, political autocracy was practiced here, how the real development of the country was sold to the luxury of a few people.

Though few people have been convicted due to weakness of our legal system and many of the convicts are also released to compete in the election, but a perception of the corrupts has been imprinted in the minds of the public.
They have seen how nominations are compromised to choose the corrupts, convicts and moneyed men.

They will rejects the convicts, corrupts, musclemen, patrons of the terrorists, anti-liberation forces and the inefficient.

But dilemma will arise when they will have to choose between a convict and a corrupt, between a corrupt and loan defaulter, between a convict and an anti-liberation forces.

It is good that the EC has added an option of Negative vote in this election. Many new generation voters will choose to vote in this category this time.

But in the next election, we hope that this vacuum of acceptable and competent candidates will be filled up by the new generation voters when many of them will cross the age of 25 to be a parliamentarian.

An ordinary citizen