• Friday, April 18, 2014

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Election Commission (EC)

Journey without destination

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

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...

Editorial

Electoral violence

IS the election commissioner-in-charge talking about some other election or the one held on Sunday? If not, then how is it possible for him to term the election generally free and fair with some stray incidents of violence only? His expression of satisfaction over how the election passed is not borne out by the reportage in the media that revealed incidents of blatant violation of electoral rules in a fairly good number of polling centres. Clearly, the election commissioner-in-charge failed...

Amu's Violation Of Rules

EC for PM's attention

EC for PM's attention

The Election Commission yesterday asked the cabinet secretary to draw the prime minister's attention to the violation of electoral code of conduct by Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu in the run up to Sunday's upazila polls. The commission has sent a letter to the cabinet secretary in this regard, said EC sources. Referring to a report run by The Daily Star on Saturday, the letter said the minister violated the electoral code of conduct by joining an election campaign. The letter was signed by Jesmin Tuli, joint secretary at the EC secretariat. Amu on Friday at a public meeting introduced Awami League-backed chairman candidate Moniruzzaman in Rajapur upazila of Jhalakathi, which went to...

KALEIDOSCOPE

EC keeping conscience clear?

THE tendency of electoral violence and irregularities, far from decreasing, has rather been on an ascending curve with the passage of each phase of the ongoing upazila elections. The third phase was marked by a phenomenal rise in the number of deaths, injuries, electoral frauds, fake voting, ballot stuffing,  forcible occupation of centres and so on compared to the first two phases. That notwithstanding, there were fewer instances of pre-polls violence and irregularities even in the third phase, not...

Tackling election violence

Tackling election violence

ELECTION violence could be defined as 'any act or threat of physical or psychological harm to a person or damage to property, directed at anyone directly involved in an electoral process (voter, candidate, party officials, election worker, election monitor, journalist, etc.), which may disrupt or attempt to disrupt any aspect of the electoral...

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'Polls battle between two ideologies'

'Polls battle between two ideologies'

Priyanka Gandhi yesterday .......

It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

It is being viewed as Gandhi versus Gandhi.....

New book adds fuel to fire

New book adds fuel to fire

A new book by a former top ...

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