Bangladesh Elections 2007

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

B Chy sets conditions to join AL-led 14-party alliance

Posted by Nirbachon on July 13, 2006

Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has set a six-point condition to join the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine, reports UNB.

Addressing a representative meeting of the Ganoforum in the city Thursday, he announced his party would join the 14-party combine if it pledges in writing to agree on the six conditions that include punishment of corrupt persons and criminals within two years if elected to power.

The Financial Express article 


Posted in AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Awami League, Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh, Gono Forum | 5 Comments »

Deny polls nomination to loan defaulters, criminals

Posted by Nirbachon on July 13, 2006

Suggests Prof Rehman Sobhan in memorial lecture
Staff Correspondent

A conscious decision must be taken to deny poll nominations to people with criminal records or who remain in default of their credit and fiscal obligations, observed Prof Rehman Sobhan, chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue, yesterday.

The Daily Star article 

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Bangladesh may delay $2.5bn Coal Project

Posted by Nirbachon on July 12, 2006

The Bangladesh government is unlikely to approve a US$2.5 billion coal mine project planned by a British firm in next six months until a new government is formed after January elections, a top official said Wednesday. article 

Posted in Britain, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

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 

Posted in Abdur Rashid Sarkar, M A Aziz, Mohammad Zakoria, voter_list | Leave a Comment »

Politics spoils an economic opportunity

Posted by Nirbachon on July 11, 2006

When the Tata Group, an Indian corporate giant, came to Bangladesh in 2004 with its large investment proposal, there was euphoria all over. But after about two years of wrangling and foot-dragging, a team of Tata officials announced last Monday their decision to suspend further negotiations on the investment proposal that was scaled up to $3.0 billion-plus from the initial $2.0 billion.

The Financial Express article

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Constitution amendment bill likely to be tabled today

Posted by Nirbachon on July 11, 2006

The Government may table a Bill on the 15th amendment to the Constitution in the House today, a senior Minister told The New Nation yesterday.

The proposed amendment will bar holding of by-election to a parliamentary constituency if it becomes vacant within the last 180 days of the tenure of Parliament.

Members of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday walked out twice from the House in protest against the hurried approval of the proposed amendment to the Constitution by the Cabinet and switcthing off of microphones of the opposition members by the Speaker, when they were speaking against the move.

The Constitution now provides for the holding of by-polls within 90 days of the vacancy of a seat.

New Nation

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Tata suspends US 3bn investment plan in Bangladesh

Posted by Nirbachon on July 11, 2006

India’s industrial giant Tata Group Monday announced the suspension of its 3 billion U.S. dollars investment plan in Bangladesh until the country’s general elections next year, private news agency UNB reported.

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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. 

Posted in M A Aziz, voter_list | Leave a Comment »

Prepare CHT voter list in light of peace accord

Posted by Nirbachon on July 8, 2006

Larma tells regional dialogue in Rangamati

Rafiq Hasan and Shantimoy Chakma, from Rangamati

The speakers at the sixth regional dialogue in hill town Rangamati yesterday demanded withdrawal of what they said was unofficial martial law, full implementation of the peace accord, and land rights for the indigenous people.

Speaking at the discussion organised jointly by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), The Daily Star, Prothom Alo and Channel i, they said the army rule has yet to end in the three hill districts although a peace accord was signed between the government and the main insurgent groups in 1997.

The Daily Star article

Posted in Centre for Policy Dialogue, Channel i, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Matiur Rahman, Prothom Alo, Rangamati, The Daily Star, World Bank | 1 Comment »

Free, efficient EC must for fair polls

Posted by Nirbachon on July 8, 2006

Speakers at the regional dialogue in Chittagong yesterday observed that an independent, impartial and efficient Election Commission (EC) has to be established first for holding a free and fair election.They said everybody has to be more conscious while casting vote and compel the political parties to nominate only honest and eligible candidates.

A dialogue between the ruling and opposition parties is also needed to bring in the reforms in the EC, and sincerity and political tolerance is a must for this, they said.

The dialogue jointly organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), the daily Prothom Alo, Channel i, and The Daily Star also witnessed hot debate on the role of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in curbing crime. 

Posted in Centre for Policy Dialogue, Channel i, Civil Society, Prothom Alo, The Daily Star | Leave a Comment »

Go door to door to make people aware of vote stealing

Posted by Nirbachon on July 8, 2006

Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed her party’s grassroots leaders to go door to door and make people aware of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government’s move to steal votes in the upcoming general elections.

Posted in Awami League, Hasina Wajed | Leave a Comment »

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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Bangladesh to delay decision on Tata FDI

Posted by Nirbachon on July 4, 2006

Bangladesh is delaying a decision on whether to accept a $3 billion investment proposal from India’s Tata Group by at least six months until a new government is formed after January elections, a top official said. Tata, which has proposed building steel, fertilizer, power and coal units in Bangladesh, had requested a decision by the end of June.

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Khaleda Zia invites Ershad to join alliance

Posted by Nirbachon on July 3, 2006

Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has invited former president Hussain Muhammad Ershad, her one-time rival, to join her alliance in a major effort at political realignment ahead of parliamentary elections due next year.

Daily India

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