Bangladesh Elections 2007

Will they happen? And if so, will they be fair?

50,000 march in electoral protest

Posted by Nirbachon on July 31, 2006

MORE than 50,000 activists marched in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on the sixth and final day of protests to press for electoral reforms ahead of January polls.

Chanting slogans such as “No reforms, no polls” and “Accept reforms before it is too late”, the protesters representing a 14-party opposition alliance began the march from Gabtali, some 20km west of central Dhaka. More than 50,000 joined the peaceful march, said a senior Dhaka police officer.

Read here.


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AL against Ershad joining four-party

Posted by Nirbachon on July 29, 2006

Key leaders of the Awami League and its alliance partners are trying to convince former President HM Ershad not to join the BNP-led ruling four-party alliance through some influential leaders of his faction of the Jatiya Party.

Insiders said some senior leaders of the Awami League-led alliance yesterday sent a message to Ershad through different channels, including his younger brother and party leader GM Quader, MP, and Jatiya Party (JP) Presidium member Dr TIM Fazle Rabbi Chowdhury, saying his joining the ruling alliance would be counter-productive since the government became totally isolated from the people.

New Nation Article

Posted in 14-party Alliance, AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Awami League, Hossain Mohammad Ershad, Jamaat-e-Islami, Jatiya Party, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

10,000 storm Dhaka with poll reforms cry

Posted by Nirbachon on July 26, 2006

Nearly 10,000 opposition protesters shouting slogans demanding poll reforms marched yesterday through parts of the Bangladeshi capital.

Read more at Gulf News 

Posted in 14-party Alliance, Awami League, Resignation | 2 Comments »

Japan calls for fair polls in Bangladesh

Posted by Nirbachon on July 26, 2006

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso called Tuesday for a free and fair elections in Bangladesh for consolidating democracy, report agencies.

Japan would also send an election monitoring team during the election if a request is made by the Bangladesh government, he added.

Read the Financial Express article 

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Thousands march in Dhaka protest

Posted by Nirbachon on July 25, 2006

Thousands of opposition supporters in Bangladesh have marched through Dhaka at the beginning of a six-day campaign demanding electoral reforms.

Read BBC new

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Saifur-CEC discord a part of same blueprint: Abdul Jalil MP

Posted by Nirbachon on July 23, 2006

Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP yesterday alleged that the ruling alliance is hatching conspiracy to hold the next general election as per a blueprint to cling to power.The discord between Finance Minister Saifur Rahman and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Abdul Aziz is a planned drama, being staged as part of the blueprint to mislead people and political parties, he said while addressing a memorial meeting for Awami League leader Abdul Momin, held at at Mohongonj Government Pilot High School playground in Mohongonj.

Awami League article

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Bangladesh govt refuses funds to poll body

Posted by Nirbachon on July 21, 2006

DHAKA: The Election Commission of Bangladesh, scheduled to begin updating of electoral rolls from Friday, has been refused money by the government, the media reported, speculating that the task, delayed earlier due to the poll body’s reluctance to carry it out, may be again derailed.

Finance Minister Saifur Rahman, according to media reports, has declined to allocate funds till he gets an account of how the funds allocated earlier have been spent.

Times of India article

Posted in Abdur Rashid Sarkar, M A Aziz, Saifur Rahman | 3 Comments »

Sammilita Nagorik Andolon vows to guard ‘syndicated price hike’

Posted by Nirbachon on July 21, 2006

..The coalition will also build a mass movement for reform in the caretaker government and Election Commission (EC), and for resignation of the controversial Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and two other commissioners from this posts “for the sake of a free, fair and acceptable elections”.

Financial Express

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CEC, ECs should resign immediately: Nagorik Committee demands electoral, political reforms

Posted by Nirbachon on July 17, 2006

Leaders of the Nagorik Committee 2006 yesterday said they were neither rival nor alternative to political parties. Rather, the Committee was formed to help political parties and politics overcome ills that were weakening them and the nation every day, they added.

However, they said there was difference between the two�the political parties only want electoral reforms while the Nagorik Committee wants both electoral and political reforms. The electoral reforms would not yield any result if it was not accompanied with political reforms, they said.

They claimed that the Nagorik Committee had no relation with any foreign country or agency and was not funded by any alien organisation.

They said they would meet the leaders of the two major parties�the ruling BNP and the main opposition Awami League (AL)�to exchange views with them and hand over the Committee�s recommendations on political and electoral reforms.

The New Nation article

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Foil conspiracy against country, urges Khaleda

Posted by Nirbachon on July 16, 2006

….Referring to electoral reform proposals of the opposition, she said the government has proposed dialogue on the issue, but the opposition is not sincere to reach any consensus.

“If the reforms were really necessary, the Awami League could do it when it was in power for five years,” Begum Zia said adding that it actually knows that the existing electoral system is good and free and fair elections can be held under this system.

The New Nation article 

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Call for movement to encourage voters

Posted by Nirbachon on July 15, 2006

Regional dialogue at Rangpur

Rafique Hassan and Rafique Sarker,from Rangpur

Speakers at the regional dialogue on “National Dialogue 2007: Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Development” held in Rangpur yesterday called upon the people to launch a united national campaign for ensuring enrolment in the voter list and people’s right to vote.

They urged the people to form citizens’ committee at every locality for the purpose.

Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) organised the dialogue with the collaboration of The Daily Star, the Prothom Alo and Channel i as part of a civil society initiative for fair elections and accountable development.

Daily Star article 

Posted in Centre for Policy Dialogue, Civil Society, Debapriya Bhattacharya, Mahfuz Anam | 3 Comments »

14-party’s 6-day road march from July 25

Posted by Nirbachon on July 15, 2006

Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine last night announced a six-day road march from July 25 to press home its demand for reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission (EC).AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil announced the fresh action programme after a meeting of the opposition lineup with AL presidium member Abdur Razzak in the chair.

Daily Star article 

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No instant AL decision on BDB’s proposal: Jalil

Posted by Nirbachon on July 15, 2006

Opposition Awami League (AL) will not take any decision instantly over the proposal made by Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury.
“We are not thinking about it now”, AL General Secretary and 14-party opposition combine Coordinator Abdul Jalil told the BDNEWS when asked if his camp would forge any unity with the Bikalpa Dhara ahead of the next general election or for the ongoing movement.

The Financial Express article

Posted in AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Awami League, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh, Gono Forum | 1 Comment »

Dr Kamal hopeful of forming grand alliance against 4-party

Posted by Nirbachon on July 14, 2006

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the process of grand national consensus among Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition, Gono Forum, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Bangladesh Tarikat Federation is underway as they will work together to defeat the BNP-Jamaat alliance in the next general elections.

“It is a good news for the nation that all progressive and pro-liberation forces are being united on the basis of the 14-party’s 23-point proposal. Now we are working to form a grand national consensus for safeguarding the democracy, people and nation from the grip of BNP-Jamaat-led four-party alliance government,” the Gono Forum President said at a meeting of party representatives at Engineers Institution in the capital.

The Daily Star article

Posted in Awami League, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh, Gono Forum, Kamal Hossain, Reza Kibria | 1 Comment »