national polls 2024

Opinion / What comes after January 7?

If AL’s victory in the 2014 election was a hollow one, the 2024 victory in the making is nothing short of a Pyrrhic one—a victory which inflicts so much damage that it cannot be considered worthwhile.

Opinion / Could 2024 mark the end of crony economy and captive politics?

Politics has been captured by the nexus of an oligopoly of business interests and the willingly colluding political class.

Banks to remain closed on January 7 for polls

Banks will remain closed on January 7 to help bankers and other employees of lenders cast their votes

Polls Monitoring / EC to invite 42 countries

The Election Commission has decided to invite election management bodies from 42 countries to observe the upcoming parliamentary polls.

EC meeting with political parties / Dialogue or mere formality?

How practical or efficient was it to attempt dialogue with 20 political parties at once?

No big obstacles to holding national polls, top law enforcement officials tell EC

Top law enforcement officials today informed the Election Commission that there were no big obstacles to arranging the upcoming national election

What should and shouldn’t happen in Oct 28 rallies

It cannot be ignored that the nation came to this day because a path to hold a fair election is absent, and that the current system of governance has undermined the citizens’ right to exercise their inalienable right to vote.

EC invites applications for int’l observers by Nov 21

The EC gives great importance to the observation of the election process for the sake of transparency, it said today in a notice

Talking is the only way out

When dialogue fails, confrontation becomes inevitable.

October 15, 2023
October 15, 2023

Dialogue only if BNP withdraws its four conditions: Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today said the issue of dialogue may be considered if BNP withdraws the conditions

October 15, 2023
October 15, 2023

US pre-election mission urges substantive dialogue for participatory polls

The US pre-election assessment mission has made five recommendations as a roadmap for progress toward credible, inclusive, participatory, and nonviolent elections

October 15, 2023
October 15, 2023

For successful polls, administrative overhaul is a must

If all political parties do not receive equal opportunities, the electoral process will not be universally accepted.

October 15, 2023
October 15, 2023

A fragile institution with a strong legal framework

The elections, the Election Commission (EC), the government and political parties are parts of an interwoven web of a complex relationship.

October 15, 2023
October 15, 2023

How to judge the Election Commission’s performance

The question of whether the current EC can deliver a free and fair election should be explored based on two sets of criteria

October 15, 2023
October 15, 2023

How constitutional is the 15th amendment?

It is clear that the 15th Amendment was neither legitimate nor constitutional, as no referendum was held before its passage.

October 15, 2023
October 15, 2023

What should an election-time government look like?

An election-time government performs the special task of holding or supervising a national election to ensure smooth transition of state power.

October 15, 2023
October 15, 2023

Teamwork is the key to a good election

In a contemporary election system, the Election Commission (EC) serves a pivotal role beyond simply organising elections

October 15, 2023
October 15, 2023

‘Ensuring a fair election may be challenging without participation of major political parties’

With the 12th parliamentary election only a few months away, how confident is the Election Commission about holding a free, fair and participatory election?

January 17, 2023
January 17, 2023

US to focus on polls atmosphere

There was a lot of interest in US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Donald Lu's visit to Dhaka. Before leaving early yesterday, he held a series of meetings with the top ministers, labour rights, and civil society leaders. What were the discussions and outcomes? Lu shared with Porimol Palma in detail.

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