BP Special
The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has said that EC officials should observe voting proceedings like statue. He has said this in good intentions but a section of people are taunting him for this remark on social media.
Bangladeshis are quite at a loss seeing Dr. Kamal Hossain’s attempts to bring on board anti-liberation force Jamaat e Islami with BNP, which claims to be a pro-liberation party. People think it became possible as BNP now dominates Jatiya Oikyafront with brute majority and Dr. Kamal is almost sidelined. Many political observers are of the opinion that if domination of BNP, especially Tarique Rahman, continues it might lead to the break-up of the alliance.
Poll observers have hailed the govt decision to deploy army after 15 December. A small unit will be stationed in each district and they will help the police in maintain law and order on the run up to the elections. It is hoped that the sight of the armed men in uniform will deter many small scale criminals and political activists to make attempts to jeopardize the process of election.
The youth factor in the upcoming elections is being discussed in various forums. People feel that the new and young voters will make a difference in poll result at many constituencies. One report says that in the last 10 years nearly 22.5 new voters have registered their names in the voter’s list, which is one fourth of the total number of votes registered.
Strong allegations of many fake news portals ahead of national elections have come up to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). DMP has prepared a list of the online news portal. There are allegations that Jamaat and Shibir are operating these portals to spread fabricated news and views. Proper investigation will bring out the truth.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader alleged that BNP was plotting a civil war type situation in the country. He said this while criticizing BNP’s call to its activists to guard the polling booths during voting in the elections in December.