What did the upazila polls sayPosted: March 21, 2014
The upazila (sub-district) councils in Bangladesh are the weakest of all local government bodies in Bangladesh. Some jokingly say that the upazila chairmen have nothing to do but attending marriage ceremonies and government functions on special days. But the ongoing upazila polls are significant to the people of all corners in Bangladesh.
The election held on January 5 was basically a selection of some parliamentarians to form a new parliament. 153 members of parliament of its 300 constituencies were “elected” uncontested. The so called government “sacrificed” more than 50 constituencies for the so called opposition party, which was also a part of the government since 2009 under the Awami League led Grand Alliance. The Economist in its blog termed it as an electoral farce. In this farcical election 52% of Bangladeshis was refrained from participating in the electoral process, of other 48% only 15-20% went to the polling centres…
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