Challenges of free and fair elections in Bangladesh: A critical stance from the West

Challenges of free and fair elections in Bangladesh: A critical stance from the West

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Whether a person or a political party will participate or vote in an election depends on their choice. The fairness of the electoral process depends on whether election-related human rights, as outlined in the above booklet, are ensured throughout the duration of the electoral process. Since electoral rights are not collective rights but individual rights, every State must ensure individual rights related to elections. If a party decides not to participate in the elections, it is their freedom and they cannot taint the electoral process. Rather, violent resistance against any electoral process is a crime that is not protected by any international human rights instrument.

To conduct free and fair elections, the following rights included in the UN Handbook and the Bangladesh Constitution need to be ensured: the right to freedom of expression, association and movement, the right to human security and freedom from fear, and the right to electoral justice. Daily Prothom Alo, Daily Star, Daily New Age, Daily Manbajamin, Daily Naya Diganta and many other newspapers are criticizing the government.

BNP organized nationwide protest rallies and meetings. The government tried to take action against the arsonists so that the elections could be fear-free. This fear factor may have contributed to the comparatively low turnout. The Election Commission of Bangladesh took action against those who violated electoral laws. On the day of the election, the candidature of Bangladesh Awami League candidate Mustafizur Rahman Chowdhury from Chittagong-16 constituency was canceled because he attacked a journalist. There have been very few reports of election irregularities in the media. Even those irregularities can be redressed through the electoral justice system.

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