A good election held
That the by-polls at Habiganj-1and Brahmanbaria-3 passed off with relative peace is cheering news for all of us. It bears a good omen. There's reason to be happy about the whole process starting from the steadfast role of the Election Commission, through the campaigning of the candidates and the enthusiastic participation of the political parties and voters to declaration of results. In all, it finished off on commendable note. It's no doubt a booster to the democratic process.
The turn out of voters was on the lower side though, it was 55 per cent. However, more than 50 per cent is considered reasonable particularly in a by-poll. It is heartening to note the gradual assimilation of people, especially of the rural masses, with the democratic practice. Stray incidents apart, the country witnessed peaceful elections to two seats that fell vacant due to deaths of lawmakers of the two constituencies. We are elated to say, the law and order situation was not of fear and there was no report of hostility of any severe nature. On the whole, the results have been a true reflection of people's choice.
Kudos to the Election Commission. It deserves appreciation in managing the whole operation with authority, integrity and efficiency. It was under pressure prior to polls as many questions and concerns were raised. It was a challenge amongst such odds. The main task of identifying the troubled zones and taking measures to maintain law and order in those areas was done with great deal of effectiveness. The voters have exercised their franchise freely. Credit is also due to local administrations and law and order forces for their performance.
We can't help express our reservations on the reactions of the losing candidates after the outcome of polls were declared. The tendency to reject verdict when a party has lost and own up when it comes out victorious is dispiriting.
Accepting popular verdict in good grace, even when defeated is a test of democratic maturity we are yet to graduate into. That's a pity.