Bangladesh Elections 2007

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

Archive for June, 2006

Malaysians may shift $1.53b investment plans elsewhere

Posted by Nirbachon on June 26, 2006

Malaysian investors are likely to shift their investment proposals worth $1.53 billion to other countries if Bangladesh government continues its delay-dallying tactics in approving the projects, Abdul Malek Bin Abdul Aziz, Malaysian high commissioner in Dhaka, said yesterday.The Malaysian envoy was speaking at the monthly luncheon meeting of Foreign Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.

He also expressed his doubt over the quick decision on the investment projects as the country is preparing for the next parliamentary elections.

 Daily Star

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200 Injured, 100 arrested: Clashes mark EC siege programme

Posted by Nirbachon on June 20, 2006

The opposition leaders and activists yesterday took to the streets in the city and elsewhere in the country to lay siege around the Election Commission Secretariat in Dhaka and election offices at divisional and district headquarters but failed as police intervened.

The New Nation article

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UNDP suggests international consultant for EC

Posted by Nirbachon on June 18, 2006

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday proposed the Election Commission for appointment of an international consultant to assist it in different activities, including updating the voter’s list, ahead of the general elections scheduled for early 2007.

The UN body also proposed the EC to assist it in imparting training to the presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling officers before the elections.

The proposals were given at an inter-ministerial meeting at the Election Commission with EC Secretary Muhammad Zokoria in the chair.

New Nation 

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Election only after reforms of EC, caretaker system: Jalil

Posted by Nirbachon on June 17, 2006

Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday (Friday) renewed their demand for reforms of the caretaker government system and the Election Commission, and warned that any attempt to hold the next elections without reforms would be disastrous.

Jalil, also convenor of the 14-party opposition combine, said people would not allow any election without electoral reforms no matter what conspiracy the BNP-Jamaat coalition government is hatching to rig the next polls.

The Independent (Internet Edition) article 

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Bangla poll chief’s home attacked

Posted by Nirbachon on June 16, 2006

Unidentified attackers hurled crude bombs at the home of Bangladesh’s chief election commissioner, officials said, a day after opposition protests calling for his resignation ended.

The attack on the home of M A Aziz in the capital Dhaka came at the end of a 36-hour national strike called by opposition parties demanding electoral reforms before national elections next year.

Gulf Times 

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WB Official: Cost of Elections In Bangladesh Highest In The World

Posted by Nirbachon on June 15, 2006

Siddique Islam – All Headline News Foreign Correspondent

Dhaka, Bangladesh (AHN) – The World Bank (WB) country director Christine I Wallich has said election financing is a major source of corruption in Bangladesh and the cost of getting elected here is the highest in the world.

“The high cost of elections breeds public corruption,” Wallich told BDNEWS, a local news agency, in an exclusive interview in Dhaka.

All Headline News  article 

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Over 200 Injured in “Dhaka Siege” Violence in Bangladesh

Posted by Nirbachon on June 12, 2006

Siddique Islam – All Headline News Foreign Correspondent
More than 200 people were injured, 10 by bullet, in clashes between demonstrators and law-enforcers in different districts in Bangladesh as the opposition staged `Dhaka Siege’ program in the capital on Sunday.

The injured were include Awami League leader Major General (rtd) Shafiullah, Journalists and law enforcers as opposition activists locked in sporadic clashes with policemen, torched vehicles and snapped road and train communication links during the program in Bangladesh.

All Headline News article

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Remove CEC or feel the heat of Dhaka Siege: Abdul Jalil

Posted by Nirbachon on June 2, 2006

Remove CEC or feel the heat of Dhaka Siege: Abdul Jalil

Reiterating their demand for removal of the partisan Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz by immediately summoning the Supreme Judicial Council, Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP has warned that otherwise Dhaka City will be isolated from the rest of the country through their Dhaka Siege Program scheduled for June 11.

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