5th Phase of Upazila polls 2014
28th March, 2014: The law enforcement agencies and army could not play effective role in preventing violence during the recent upazila parishad elections, SHUJAN-Citizens for Good Governance said on the occasion.
Before the fourth phase, the Election Commission had asked the army to take prompt action to check violence, but allegations of inaction were there as in the previous phases, the civil society body said in a written statement during a press conference at the capital’s Mukti Bhaban.
SHUJAN observed that the incidents of violence and vote rigging are increasing with phases but the commission has lost its control on the polls.
“The commission has failed to discharge its duty for holding free, fair and peaceful elections. It has completely failed to check vote rigging, irregularities and violence,” said the statement read out by a SHUJAN official in the presence of its Secretary Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar.
It accused political parties of violating the electoral code of conduct by meddling in the non-partisan upazila elections. SHUJAN called for keeping the next phase free from controversy and violence.
At the conference, SHUJAN disclosed information of 354 out of 360 chairman candidates in 74 upazilas under the fifth phase scheduled.
Of them, 161 completed graduation, while 77 could not pass SSC exams. A total of 112 are accused in different cases, with 21 facing murder charges. Five candidates annually earn over Tk 1 crore, while 58 own properties worth over Tk 1 crore. Eleven have properties of over Tk 5 crore.