The Election Commission has approved 11 changes to its City Corporation Election Code of Conduct Rules 2016, one of which will permit parliament members to participate in electioneering in local elections. What is surprising is that not only have they been delisted from the list of people barred from campaigning in local elections, but also that the decision was taken hastily without discussing the issue with other political parties, to accommodate the demands of the Awami League.
The Election Commission has become a metaphor for ineptitude. The gradual downslide in the performance of the main democratic institution of the country is disconcertingly palpable.
Election Commission Bangladesh (ECB) has started updating electoral roll since July 25, 2015 which will continue up to February 10, 2016.
The Election Commission will decide in a day or two whether it will deploy army during the upcoming city corporation elections in Dhaka and Chittagong, says Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad.