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‘We very much value our trusted partnership with the Election Commission and remain committed to supporting the electoral process’ The United Nations Development Programme has sought apology over its inadvertent comment on the 10th parliamentary election and last upazila elections in Bangladesh, calling it an error that they regret. Bangladesh Country Director Pauline Tamesis sought […]

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US envoy also calls for dialogue between political parties Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat US Ambassador-designate to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat has said the parliamentary elections of January 5 were ‘undeniably flawed’. “Bangladesh’s main political parties urgently need to engage in constructive dialogue that leads to a more representative government,” she said while giving her […]

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Describing the January-5 national election a ‘mockery’, eminent jurist Rafique-Ul Huq on Thursday told the High Court that it was rather selection than election as per the country’s constitution. “The so-called January-5 election was not election in the eye of law. The constitution doesn’t speak about such election,” he said while placing arguments as amicus […]

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According to DT opinion poll, a significant majority believes free and fair election possible under all-party arrangements A significant majority of the respondents of a Dhaka Tribune opinion poll want a fresh parliamentary election “as earliest possible.” The opinion poll was conducted from January 14-16 and February 4-6 by research organisation Innovative Research and Consultancy […]

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Political violence is intensifying in Bangladesh. While some analysts blame the country’s recent war crimes tribunals and the growing role of religion in public life, Jasmin Lorch believes the violence is strictly political in nature and doesn’t reflect a fundamental cleavage in Bangladeshi society. On the 5th of January 2014, the Awami League (AL), which […]

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Awami League President Sheikh Hasina had spent Tk 1 million for campaigning in two constituencies that she had contested in the 10th general election. The account of the Prime Minister’s expenditure was submitted to Election Commission (EC)’s Secretary Mohammad Sadiq on Thursday, a day before the expiry of the deadline. Hasina had contested from the […]

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Former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda has said the voter turnout was low in the Jan 5 national election because “people lacked confidence in the poll environment”. Expressing his concern over some cases of rigging in the national elections, Huda said on Wednesday, “The reforms in the electoral laws before the 9th parliamentary […]

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Political ambitions of grassroots leaders scupper upazila poll plans of both parties Both the ruling Awami League and the BNP-led 19-party alliance have failed to pick single candidate in the upazila polls because of defiance of the grassroots leaders who either want to make their political fortune or save their political future. The AL could […]

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  The deadline for the withdrawal of candidature in 98 upazilas of 40 districts expired at 5pm on Monday.   With the expiry of the deadline, now the number of contenders stands at 1,669 against 294 posts of chairman, vice chairman and vice chairman reserved for women in the upazilas.   Of them, 663 are […]

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Faruque Ahmed Like the January 5 election of seat sharing, the ruling Awami League has handpicked an obedient opposition as the new parliament started its journey on January 29 to play the dubious role of member of treasury bench as well as the opposition in the House. But like the farcical election, this unusual installation […]

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  The 10th parliament is set to begin its journey with its opening session on Wednesday following the much-talked-about January 5 national election boycotted by the BNP-led alliance.   President Abdul Hamid will address the House on the first day of the first session of the new parliament scheduled to begin at 6pm.   According […]

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 So what do we gain from all the infighting and bloodshed? Is there any change in sight? This is post-election time. After the January 5 polls, people from all walks of life seem to have gone into a recess. There has been discernible change in the political atmosphere of the country. All fronts went quiet […]

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