6th Phase of Upazila polls: On 29 May 2014, SHUJAN-Citizens for Good Governance declared, “The dominance of criminals in politics shows a rising trend, representing a threat to the country’s democracy and rule of law,” while revealing the affidavit information of 465 newly elected Upazila chairmen. “On one hand, the tendency among criminals to become politicians has sharply increased; on the other hand, the tendency among political leaders to commit crimes has also seen a marked rise,” said SHUJAN leaders, addressing a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity. Read the rest of this entry »
5th Phase of Upazila polls: On 28 March 2014, SHUJAN-Citizens for Good Governance reported in a written statement during a press conference at the capital’s Mukti Bhaban, “The law enforcement agencies and army could not play effective role in preventing violence during the recent upazila parishad elections…Before the fourth phase, the Election Commission had asked the army to take prompt action to check violence, but allegations of inaction were present as in the previous phases.” SHUJAN observed the incidents of violence and vote rigging are increasing during the phases and the commission has lost its control on the polls. Read the rest of this entry »
4th Phase of Upazila polls: On 20 March 2014, some 30% of the 379 candidates contesting for the Office of Chairman in the upcoming 4th phase of the Upazila election face criminal charges, including allegations of murder. This was revealed on 20 March by SHUJAN-Citizens for Good Governance by the data gathered from the affidavits the candidates submitted to the Election Commission. The 4th phase election is to be held on 23 March in 92 Upazilas.
SHUJAN seeks to promote good governance and transparency. SHUJAN disclosed that about 34% of the chairman candidates are graduates and 19% are postgraduates. Read the rest of this entry »
3rd Phase of Upazila polls 2014: As of 10 March 2014, half (50.44%) of the chairman candidates in the 3rd phase of the Upazila elections are either graduates or postgraduates while 20% have educational qualifications below the SSC. Moreover, the profession of 52.42% candidates is business, while that of 19.34% listed agriculture. The 3rd phase election in 83 Upazila Parishads will be held on 15 March. Read the rest of this entry »
2nd phase of Upazila polls: “The political parties are violating the electoral code of conduct by meddling in selecting candidates and forcing many aspirants to withdraw candidacy in the non-partisan Upazila Parishad elections,” claimed SHUJAN-Citizens for Good Governance on 25 February 2014.
“This is tantamount to influencing the elections, but the Election Commission remains silent,” leaders of SHUJAN revealed in a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity. Election Commissioner, Shah Nawaz, reported they had not received any complain of such violations, and vowed, “If we get a specific and formal allegation, we will look into it.” Read the rest of this entry »
1st Phase of Upazila polls: On 17 February 2014, the first phase of the Upazila Parishad elections is set to witness the dominance of businessmen as more than half of the chairman candidates belong to this profession.
Of the 428 chairman aspirants, 122 face criminal cases against them. Fifteen are charged with murder according to a report by SHUJAN-Citizens for Good Governance. SHUJAN is working to establish good governance in line with the findings of the report announced during a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU). Read the rest of this entry »