City polls

Three city polls replicate the previous two

While we are happy that the three city mayoral elections have come to an end with little violence, they were, as we had feared, simply the iteration of the Khulna and Gazipur polls. They bear nearly all the hallmarks—from ballot stuffing to expelling election agents—of a heavily manipulated election.

May 30, 2018
May 30, 2018

Now battle for 3 more cities

The Election Commission yesterday announced mayoral polls in Rajshahi, Barisal, and Sylhet city corporations on July 30, creating the ground for another round of battle of ballots in the runup to the parliamentary elections likely in December.

May 8, 2018
May 8, 2018

SC verdicts hold hope for polls

Some previous verdicts of the Supreme Court about disputes over elections now offer the Election Commission strong legal grounds to have the stay orders on Gazipur and Dhaka north city mayoral polls vacated.

April 20, 2018
April 20, 2018

MPs likely to be allowed in city polls campaigns

Following the ruling Awami League's request, the Election Commission is considering an amendment to the electoral

May 8, 2015
May 8, 2015

Winning and losing in city corporation elections

The ultimate tragedy will strike if people become withdrawn. It will no longer matter who wins or loses any of the many elections.

May 8, 2015
May 8, 2015

Puppeteers go in different directions

Overwhelmed by the vociferous postmortem of the city corporation polls, two footfalls on the cityscape have gone unnoticed, unappreciated, as though coming and going on stealth.

May 7, 2015
May 7, 2015

Writ seeks judicial probe into city polls ‘irregularities’

Writ petition is filed with High Court seeking directives on Election Commission and government to form judicial inquiry commission for investigation into "irregularities" during city polls.

May 5, 2015
May 5, 2015

‘UN chief told Hasina to find political way forward’

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called to find a political way forward between all the parties in Bangladesh during his conversation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday.

May 5, 2015
May 5, 2015

The city polls charade

The EC's tilt was no less pronounced on the eve of and on the day of the elections. Press reports, photographs and narratives of many involved in the election administration process have amply established its culpability in undermining fair election.

May 2, 2015
May 2, 2015

BNP demands fresh city polls

BNP urges Election Commission to cancel Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation elections alleging massive irregularities and demands fresh polls.

May 1, 2015
May 1, 2015

Top US official stresses need for transparent probe

Top US official Wendy Sherman stresses need for transparent probe into “allegations” of irregularities surrounding the recently concluded city polls.