New Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Nas­reen Bano, Ra­jshahi, Bangladesh.

Mak­ing some over­due changes in the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC), the Bangladesh gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed a new Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner and four com­mis­sion­ers. This is sup­posed to be one of the ma­jor de­vel­op­ments made by the ex­ist­ing gov­ern­ment in terms of ad­dress­ing po­lit­i­cal con­cerns that have been raised by the op­po­si­tion par­ties, in­clud­ing some mem­bers of the Awami League (AL). Quite a de­layed move by the gov­ern­ment, the ap­point­ment of a new Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner is a wel­come step and the peo­ple of Bangladesh are ex­pect­ing a lot from the new elec­tion chief whose pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity is to hold free and fair elec­tions in the coun­try. Con­sid­er­ing the man­ner in which pre­vi­ous gen­eral elec­tions were held, it is of ut­most im­por­tance for the com­mis­sion to en­sure fair and par­tic­i­pa­tive elec­tions, giv­ing equal op­por­tu­nity to all ma­jor and small po­lit­i­cal par­ties of the coun­try.

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