July 14, 2008

Electoral reforms in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh cabinet approved the Representation of the People Ordinance 2008 (replacing earlier version made in 1972) which has these salient features:

The Daily Star has details.

In text all these sounds promising. But it remains to be seen how these are applied. Hope this will change Bangladesh politics for good.

Update: The reactions of the political parties via an ordinary citizen:
AL acting President Zillur Rahman said that they do not accept the amendments made by the CTG and CTG has no right to make the ordinance.

Brigadier Hannan Shah, the BNP leader also refutes the amendments. But Major(Rt) Hafiz of other group of BNP told that the ordinance includes many of the proposals suggested by them. He criticized the negative voting.


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