And in no way can the election commission evade the responsibility of the over a hundred deaths, including of election candidates, that took place during this five-phase election. The leaders and activists of the ruling party cannot evade moral responsibility for this either

While singing praise for the election commission, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda also castigated one of the main members of the commission, election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar, saying he had some other agenda. He said, I do not know what Mahbub Talukdar’s agenda is. But Talukdar’s words have thrown light on the actual situation.

The role taken by the CEC from the very outset has been aimed at destroying the election process. No matter who takes over the election commission in the future, it will not be an easy task to rebuild this broken down system.

If the election commission cannot ensure an environment conducive to the elections, ensure that the candidates adhere to the Code of Conduct and also ensure that the voters can cast their votes safely, then what is the need for such an institution? This time the UP elections were not competitive. This was no contest. This was all about force. Those with might, used their muscle to bring their results into their bag. And then there were those who having failed to clinch the votes, simply launched an attack on their opponents. So this election in no way has been a reflection of the people’s verdict.

And in no way can the election commission evade the responsibility of the over a hundred deaths, including of election candidates, that took place during this five-phase election. The leaders and activists of the ruling party cannot evade moral responsibility for this either. Awami League claims to be a well organised and disciplined party. This election has pointed out that there is not an iota of discipline within the party. The members of parliament, upazila chairmen and local leaders of the party are interested in boosting their own influence and equally disinterested in upholding the party’s ideology and principles or even the minimum democratic values.

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