Common people want a fair, impartial and competitive election. But it is clear as day that another one-sided election is going to happen. Elections may be held, but there are doubts about what will happen next.
The speakers said these things in a round table discussion titled ‘Fair, Neutral and Competitive Election Environment: Expectations, Realities and Actions’ on Saturday morning. The round table discussion was organized at the YWCA conference hall in Mohammadpur of the capital under the voter awareness and civic activism project of the non-governmental organization The Hunger Project.
In the president’s speech, former election commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain said, ‘We are seeing a unique election. Election as you like. We are in dire straits now.’
The former election commissioner said, “The election may do it, but I am skeptical about what will happen after the election.”
Mentioning that those who did not speak about the last two National Assembly elections, now they are also speaking, M Sakhawat Hossain said, “Whenever I leave the house, people ask me, I can’t vote, what should I do?” I say, Allah does Allah.
Badiul Alam Majumder, Global Vice President and Country Director of The Hunger Project moderated the event. He said that the current government is determined to hold elections by January. It is clear as day that another one-sided election is taking place. Now dialogue is being talked about from different quarters. They have also been calling on the political parties to hold a dialogue on behalf of the civil society. He said, in the current situation, the opposition cannot hold elections even if they want to. Because all their leaders are now in jail. Many have already been sentenced, many more will be. From the looks of the situation, it seems that a one-sided election is the destiny.
Sharmin Murshid, chief executive of non-governmental organization Brati, said, ‘We are standing in an uncertainty. We have to get out of this. The existence of the nation will depend on what we civil society can do to get out.
Professor Robayet Ferdous of Dhaka University said that the first line of political science is ‘Government by the Discussion’. So the dialogue must continue. There is no substitute for dialogue. The end of dialogue means the death of democracy. Don’t be disappointed.
Dilip Kumar Sarkar, coordinator of voter awareness and civic activism project, said in the written article, “The desire of the common people of Bangladesh is a fair, impartial and competitive election. But the forecast says we are headed for a one-sided and violent election. We think that if there is no consensus among the political parties, then in the coming days we may rush towards extreme conflict situation, the country may go towards an uncertain future, which is not desired by anyone. Source: prothomalo