Bangladesh Elections 2007

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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.

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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

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EC to ‘display’ updated voter list, but says it won’t publish draft

Posted by Nirbachon on July 12, 2006

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to make the updated voter list, prepared through door to door visits, open to the public for inspection before publishing the final list. The move is an obvious compromise between the popular demand for publishing a draft voter list and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz’s staunch resistance to publication of a draft list. The latest back-pedalling by the EC on its previous statement is also evidently in line with its usual practice of creeping out of its intransigence after much controversy.

Daily Star article 

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Updating of voter list: House-to-house visit after July 27

Posted by Nirbachon on July 9, 2006

The Election Commission (EC) will begin house-to-house visits to update the voters� list after July 20.

The new move to update the voter roll on the basis of the voter list prepared in 2000 would continue till August 10.

Chief Election Commissioner Justice MA Aziz said this yesterday while addressing a press conference at EC Secretariat. 

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Zia names poll panel secretary

Posted by Nirbachon on July 7, 2006

Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has given the Election Commission a new secretary to end the controversy over the role of the organisation’s head and prepare for smooth parliamentary elections.

This appears to be her response, without being seen as tampering with the constitutional body, in the face of the opposition demand for the removal of the present Chief Election Commissioner, Justice M.A. Aziz.

The Gulf Times

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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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