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Election Commission (EC)

Ctg city polls ‘likely in June’

Ctg city polls ‘likely in June’

Elections to the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) are likely to be held in the middle of next June, said Election Commission Secretary Sirajul Islam today. "We have plans to hold the election by June 15. We think the second week of that month is the suitable time for the polls," he told reporters at his office in the capital's EC Secretariat. The tenure of the CCC office bearers will expire on July 26. As per electoral laws, the polls must be held any day during 180 days before the expiry...

EC to publish draft voter list tomorrow

EC to publish draft voter list tomorrow

The Election Commission will publish the draft of the updated voter list tomorrow for people's inspection and for inviting claims and objections about it. Around 46.72 lakh new voters have been registered in the electoral roll across the country, said EC Secretary Sirazul Islam at a press briefing at the EC's media centre in...

Timetable for political party registration

In the aftermath of the much talked-about one-sided election on January 5, 2014, it is in public perception that the Election Commission (EC) could not establish good, acceptable electoral governance. Whatever little that was achieved in the past witnessed sharp decline. Even the recently held upazilla and union elections have shown lack of voters' confidence in the system. Reports say that voter turnout was minimal, and that sufficiently proves lack of interest in voting and indicates declining faith in...

N'ganj-5 By-poll

Law enforcers fear violence

Law enforcers and officials of intelligence agencies fear that the upcoming Narayanganj-5 by-election may witness violence, as they think the zone is sensitive. Muscle power, black money and local political complexities present in Narayanganj make the zone sensitive, EC officials told The Daily Star. They expressed their fear at a meeting, on law and order situation ahead of the by-polls, convened by the Election Commission (EC) at its conference room in the capital yesterday. Officials of the EC, home ministry, police, Rab,...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Journey without destination

Journey without destination

TWO reactive comments by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister H. M. Mahmud Ali, respectively, may have provided clues to the working of the government's mind. The PM's remark came with a touch of self-effacing candour and the FM's smacked of diplomatic finesse (read parrying, if you like). The PM whilst responding to...

KALEIDOSCOPE

Not taking the long view

Not taking the long view

ELECTION watchers, political analysts and others who want to see democratic institutions and with them democracy flourish in this country have expressed their disappointments over the conduct of the last phases of the recently held upazila parishad elections. At the same time, they emphasised the pointlessness of the electoral victories claimed by the...

AL's claim of fairest upazila polls: April Fool's joke

MANY politicians, particularly those belonging to the party in power, consider us as 'fools.' They want us to believe blindly whatever they say, whether it is right or wrong or a distortion of facts. This is why AL could make the bizarre claim that the just concluded upazila parishad elections were much fairer than all previous polls to local government bodies. It, thus, justified the capturing of polling centres, snatching and stuffing of ballot boxes, driving away of opponents'...

Editorial

Upazila polls end on disquieting note

THE fifth and last phase of the upazila polls concluded on Monday amid rigging and violence under the seemingly helpless watch of the law-enforcers. Evidently, the incidence of violence and irregularities has progressively been on a rising curve, which reached the peak in the final phase. Many voters have not only been virtually disenfranchised, their faith in the electoral process has touched a new low. All the incidents of capturing polling centres, driving away of voters and rival candidates' polling...

Upazila Polls

Security in elections

Security in elections

WITNESSING the downward slide of our electoral system as it unfolded in the last four phases of upazila elections one can conclude that people are once again losing faith in the system. One was hoping against hope that perhaps our Election Commission (EC), with all its tough talks a day prior to the...

Why this surrender?

RECENTLY, the Secretary General of Awami League and LGRD Minister, Syed Ashraful Islam, stated that the affidavits submitted by candidates with their nomination papers have become instruments of character assassination of politicians. He also disclosed that the government is examining the relevant laws requiring disclosures. We are shocked by Mr. Islam's statement as it clearly represents a surrender to our prevailing corrupt and criminalised political culture. It may be recalled that in Union of India vs ADR [(2002)5ACC294], the Indian...

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