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Upazilla Election-Phase II -BNP advances further March 1, 2014

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BNP did a bit better than AL in the second phase of upazilla election held on 27 February 2014 though the election was marred by violence, vote rigging and abandoned by parties in some upazilla.

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7/3/2014
Jamaat’s gain: Whose loss?

Upazilla Election: 1st Round February 19, 2014

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The first phase of election in 97 upazillas held today with the participation of all the parties that is a major difference from the Jan 5 general election. The result is coming out with opposition BNP leading with a narrow margin over AL.[1][2]

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Turnout is 62%
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Jamaat’s gain: Whose loss?

The new government and upazilla election January 19, 2009

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Upazilla election was always a matter of controversy over the last two years after the Election Commission expressed it’s willingness to hold the upazilla election to strengthen the local government. Major political parties were against holding of Upazilla election under the CTG.
But both AL and BNP failed to hold the Upazilla election during their tenures from 1991 though they were commited to hold the election in their election manifestos.

People in general perceived the upazilla election as their empowerment and they responded positively when idea of the upazilla election was floated.

EC once declared to hold the upzilla election in October 2008,but due to pressure from the political parties to shift it beyond the general election date, the upazilla election is then scheduled to 28th December 2008 with general election date on 18th December 2008.Though AL accepted the dates, BNP with its allies opposed the idea. It raised demand to shift the date of elections for 2 to 3 months more.

After hectic negotiations with the conflicting parties, Dr. Hussain Zillur Rahman and his team from the Advisory Council ultimately convinced the parties to participate in the elections. Accordingly, EC declared the general election on 29th December 2008 and upazilla election on 22nd January 2009.

Nation initially concentrated on the parliamentary election of 29th December 2008 and people then were not sure about the upazilla election.

In the general election, AL got the landslide victory. Few people thought that CTG may delay handing over the charge to the elected government and may wish to complete the upazilla election under their control.
But they handed over the charge.

People have seen that AL-led new political government has allowed processes of the upazilla election to be continued under the old leaders of the Election Commission.

It is one of the positive steps that new government has taken so far. It has scored high not postponing the upazilla election and not intefering it. If upazilla electionis held on 22nd January free and fair and if the Election Commission can exert its control over the election completely independent, it will not only boost the image of the government but also of the nation.

An ordinary citizen

Election Commission declared schedule for general election in Bangladesh November 2, 2008

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Proving different speculations wrong, Election Commission in Bangladesh declared the schedule for general election to be held on 18th December 2008.

People were in confusion regarding the holding of the general election by 2008. The confusion were magnified by the criticism of the major political parties. The confusion were deepened with the delay in declaration of the judgment by the High Court on the writ petition on the re-demarcation of the constituencies.

But as the High Court uphold the the re-demarcation of the EC and as it also rejected the appeals against the judgment, the Chief Election Commission in a televised program declared the election schedule for the general election.
The CEC has also given schedule of the Upazilla Election to be held on 28 December 2008.

AL in its immediate reaction said that it is accepting the schedule and though they have some reservation regarding the upazilla election, they will participate in the election.

On the part of BNP and its allied parties,no official decision has yet come. BNP is insisting on the withdrawal of emergency and delaying the upazilla election. As their demands are not yet fulfilled and probably there is a complexity regarding the registration of an allied party, now confusion arises about the participation of BNP in the general election.

People are expecting that all the major political parties including BNP will participate in the elections and help the country through its journey to a real and stable democracy.

An ordinary citizen

Partisan vs Non-partisan election for local governments August 13, 2008

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A controversy is now going on in Bangladesh whether the elction of the local governments should be partisan or no-partisan.
The Election Commission was of the opinion that the local government election should be non-partisan. Accordingly they formulated the local government ordinance 2008 and organised the selected city corporations and municipalities election. But on the plea from an agrieved person, High Court allowed the candidates to use their political identities and connections as the high count found discrepencies in the ordinances promulgated by the EC.
As the mayoral election was close enough then, the EC didn’t filed any appeal against the judgment of the High Court.
But as the basic spirit of the present CTG is to make the local government election non-partisan and to make a qualitative change in the practice of democracy, the EC or CTG may think of filing an appeal against the judgment.
Why the local government should be non-partisan in character? Dr. Badiul Alam Majumder, General Secretary of ‘Citizens for Good Governance’ has projected the following points in a bebate in Prothom Alo:

1) Non-partsan means not necessarily non-political. The local government election, in his views, is non-partisan in character for long. The present EC only added some new provisions in this practice. The elected local government official may not hold the party portfolio, but he is not barred to be a member of the party.

2) Though few may argue that by asking the local govt elected to resign from the post of political parties is virtuallly a process of depoliticisation, actually in Bangladesh the depolicisation developed due to ‘nomination business’ practiced by the political parties. By this process, the non-political businessmen get the opppotuity to buy the nominations of party and ultimately make the parliament ineffective.

3) He added, there are some logic in favour of local government election.
At the locallevel, there are always some people who are not party leaders, but are educated and respectable. If the local governmnet election remain non-partisan, these people might get chance to compete and may change the quality of the local government.

4) This local govermnet system is in other way important that it may prevent the all-engrossing destructive party system to affect the grassroots level. It is found that because of political demarcation, in the past , the areas where the opposition wins, they virtually get no or minimum allotment for the development of the area. [Prtothom Alo:11 August 2008]

An ordinary citizen

Will political parties be able to avoid upazilla elections? August 9, 2008

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Elections in 300 upazillas out of 482 will be held in October, 2008, EC declared.
The political parties reacted against the declaration. AL said that they will not particiate in the upazilla elections before the general election. They will approach the other members of the 14 party-alliance not to join the same. AL also said that they will formally place their proposals to the care taker government in the dialogue. Someone said that AL will hold the upazilla election after 1 month of the general election if they form the government.
Menon of Workers parties is a little bit diplomatic. He said that the present government should not hold the upazilla election before the general election, but ultimate participation in the upazilla election will depend on the situation arises once it is declared.
BNP Delwar as always against any election under the government before the general election. It views all the election would be stage managed under this government. It even did not accepted the result of the presently concluded mayoral elections in 4 cities and 9 municipalities.
But Mannan Bhuiyan, who recently released on bail from jail said that not participating in the mayoral elelctions by BNP was a wrong decision. If BNP participated it would won atleast 3 out of 4 city corporations. Though he acknowleged that the local body elections was fair and free, he told that the upazilla election should not be held under the caretaker governmentand before the general election.
But will the people listen to the aspirations of the political leaders? The political parties had the same advocay for the city corporations and municipalities elections. Local people and party activists didn’t head their advice. Ultimately the parties had to bow down to the will of the people. Here AL took more pregmatic role and they won almost all the seats. BNP was confused and they failed.

Will the people react in the same way and will political parties follow them?
Will AL and BNP take different stands and one will be looser even before the election?

An ordinary citizen

Declaration of upazilla election and political parties July 22, 2008

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Election Commission has tentatively declared the upazilla election to be held in October 23 rd, 2008 in 300-350 seats out of 482 seats. CEC said as the preparation will not be complete by October, the election of other seats will be held after the general election. Th commission want to keep November and December reserved for national election.

The major political parties harshly reacted to the declaration. Zillur Rahman Acting President of AL said that they will not accept any upazilla election before the national election. Delwar Hussain, General Secretary of Pro-Khaleda BNP said that Government has no constitutional right to hold any election other than national election.

Answering to the criticism, CEC said that political leaders have the right to criticize but let us do our own work.

Chief Adviser said in his address in the concluding ceremony of the voter listing said that the upazilla election has been declared considering the opinion of the local people.

It will be difficult for the political parties to swallow the declaration of upazilla election as they could not yet able to accept the 4 city corporation and 9 municipal elections.

It will draw the major political parties face to face with the caretaker government. But the government is feeling confident because of the response it has got in the local government elections earlier declared. Upazilla election is also a local government election and on principle would be a non-party basis election.

An ordinary citizen

Post Script

Dr. Tofayel Ahmed opines that Upazilla election will prepare the ground for national election , on the contrary DR. M M Akas is against the upazilla election. [PA]