Khaleda feels relaxed, upbeat

December 29, 2008

Staff correspondent
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Sunday said that she was feeling relaxed after completing preparations and hectic campaigns across the country for the general polls on Monday.
‘I feel relaxed as I have done all the works, and still I am in good health,’ Khaleda Zia told while exchanging views with newsmen at the National Press Club on Sunday.
Attired with a yellow sari, Khaleda Zia came at the press club in joyous mood to share views like the Read more

AL expects ‘absolute majority’

December 29, 2008

Foreign observers hope polls will be free, fair
Staff Correspondent
The European Parliamentary Party, the European Union polls observation team and the National Democratic Institute on Sunday hoped that Bangladesh’s ninth parliamentary polls today would be free and fair through which the people would elect a new government.
‘We hope that the best election will be held this time in Bangladesh’, Charles Tannock, chairman of a 10-member delegation of the European Parliamentary Party and the EU polls observation team, told reporters after a meeting with Awami League president Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence.
He hoped that all the political parties would accept the results of the elections. ‘Nothing untoward Read more

Cast your vote wisely

December 29, 2008

CA tells nation
Unb, Dhaka
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has urged the electorates to cast their votes wisely and appealed to the political parties to gracefully accept the results of today’s crucial general election.
“Let us get united and participate in an appropriate democratic process. I hope tomorrow’s parliament elections will be a classic example not only for our nation but also in the international domain,” he said in his address to the nation over radio and television last night.
In his apparently last national address as head of the caretaker government, Fakhruddin told the voters that the stature of their representatives and mode of development in their areas as well as overall development depend on their decision.
“You are now sitting in the chair of judge… Keep it in mind that we are going to take a decision for five years through our single day’s verdict. We’ll not make mistake in taking the decision, Inshallah,” Read more

Stern action for negligence

December 29, 2008

CEC warns poll officials again
Unb, Dhaka
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda has urged the voters to cast their votes judiciously in today’s national election.
“Don’t vote at the instigation of anybody, cast vote by using your intellect and conscience to achieve your cherished dream,” he said in a televised address to the nation last night.
The CEC also directed the presiding and returning officers across the country to discharge their election duties impartially and in accordance with the election rules and regulations.
“I ask all returning and presiding officers to discharge their assigned duties neutrally. If there is any negligence in this respect, stern action will be taken against those responsible,” he cautioned.
The CEC said after completion of vote casting, the presiding officers must start ballot counting in presence of candidates or their agents Read more

Vote or ‘No’ vote?

December 29, 2008

bdnews24.com, Dhaka
“Can you tell me what to do? There are three candidates in my constituency, but none of them are any good. I don’t find any reason to go and vote.”
A voice comes to the help of this unhappy voter. “You can still apply your voting rights if you don’t like any of the contestants of your constituency. You can vote ‘No’.”
This is how the Election Commission has been running advertisements on television channels and other media for days to raise awareness about the ‘No’ vote, a first in Bangladesh elections.
But despite the colourful campaign, it appears that some are still not aware of the new provision, Read more

Past elections at a glance

December 29, 2008

Unb, Dhaka
The first national election in independent Bangladesh was held on March 7, 1973 where a total of 1,209 candidates, including 120 independents, contested 300 seats.
Of the total 35,205,642 registered voters, 19,329,683 (54.91%) voters exercised their franchise in the first election. Awami League secured 293 seats while the rest seven seats were shared by smaller parties and independents.
The election to the second parliament was held on February 28, 1979 with the participation of 2,547 Read more

Looking back at events of last 2 years

December 29, 2008

Rakib Hasnet Suman
The country is ready to return to normal through today’s election after a lot of dramatic turns of events during the last two years’ rule under a state of emergency that resulted from confrontational politics.
The root of the crisis lies in the BNP-led four-party alliance government’s passing the 14th constitution amendment bill on May 16, 2004 to extend the retirement age of Supreme Court judges to 67 from 65. The then opposition rejected it outright, terming it a plot to set up a partisan caretaker Read more

24 killed in Tangail road mishap

December 29, 2008

Our Correspondent . Tangail
At least 24 persons were killed and 15 others injured when a truck fell into a road-side ditch at Garinda near Tangail town on Sunday morning.
The police, quoting the witnesses, said the accident had taken place at about 9:00am when a Bogra-bound rod-laden truck from Dhaka, also carrying 45 people plunged into a road-side ditch killing 23 on the spot and injuring 16 others.
The victims were mostly day-labourers coming to their villages of different districts on board the Read more

6 lakh security personnel deployed

December 29, 2008

Staff Reporter
At least 600,000 security personnel, including nearly 50,000 army troops have been deployed across the country to ensure a smooth election today for a new parliament and government.
Home Ministry officials said yesterday the deployment of law enforcers at polling centers began from 6:00am and election materials started to be moved to remote centers under strict security.
They said ballot boxes, ballot papers and other materials will be dispatched to remote centers in the three hill districts in southeast by helicopters.
The officials said 80,567 police, Rapid Action Battalion and Armed Police Battalion and 466,000 Read more

Cell phone to remain open

December 29, 2008

Staff Reporter
Cellular phones network will be in operation during the parliamentary elections to facilitate communication, Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda said yesterday.
In a televised address, CEC said the mobile phones would remain open this time during the parliamentary elections in order to keep communications uninterrupted.
He said none would be allowed to enter the polling center with mobile phone while casting their vote.
“Without authorised persons, nobody will be allowed to use mobile phone in the polling centers,” the Read more

Analysts predict immediate majority for none

December 29, 2008

Reuters, Dhaka
Some analysts predict neither Mahajote chief Sheikh Hasina nor her rival ex-PM Begum Khaleda Zia will have an immediate majority.
Jockeying to win needed parliamentary support could add to fears of post-election violence and delays in a new government tackling such challenges as fighting poverty and reducing endemic corruption in the South Asian nation of more than 140 million. In the immediate term, however, security forces are concentrating on preventing violence at the polls after a brick-throwing attack on Read more

Who votes where

December 29, 2008

Staff Correspondent
The president, Iajuddin Ahmed, will cast his vote in the Bangabhaban Government Primary School polling centre at about 11:00am and the chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, will cast his vote in the Gulshan Model High School polling centre at about 10:00am today.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, will cast her vote in the Adamjee Canton-ment Read more

Five-tier security for polling today

December 29, 2008

Staff Correspondent
The government has put in place five-tier security with the deployment of more than 6 lakh security personnel across the country for the general elections today.
Home ministry officials said 80,567 personnel of the police, Rapid Action Battalion and the Armed Police Battalion and 466,000 Ansars personnel were deployed across the country.
This is the highest number of lawmen ever deployed for polls secu- rity in Bangladesh’s history, said ministry officials.
More than 35,000 polling centres have been set up in 299 electoral constituencies.
In the Dhaka city, 38,928 policemen and Ansars personnel have been deployed, the highest number Read more

Khaleda for end to hartal, blockade

December 28, 2008

Offers apology for past mistakes
Shahidul Islam Chowdhury

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, left, addresses a rally of the BNP-led alliance in Paltan Maidan in Dhaka on Saturday while an army man keeps watch with binoculars. — New Age photo

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, left, addresses a rally of the BNP-led alliance in Paltan Maidan in Dhaka on Saturday while an army man keeps watch with binoculars. — New Age photo

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Saturday said democracy and development were synonymous with BNP and its election symbol ‘paddy sheaf’ and urged the people Read more

Hasina seeks mandate for ‘charter for change’

December 28, 2008

Nazrul Islam and Tushar Hayat . Chittagong

The Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, addresses a rally from behind bullet-proof glass in Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong on Saturday as the Chittagong mayor, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, looks on. — New Age photo

The Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, addresses a rally from behind bullet-proof glass in Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong on Saturday as the Chittagong mayor, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, looks on. — New Age photo

The Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday sought a mandate from the electorate for her party’s ‘charter for change’ in Monday’s parliamentary elections urging the voters not to let their conscience be sold out to black money on offer.
‘They are out with sackfuls of money they plundered during their rule to buy vote at the final Read more

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