Category Archives: Election

Interpreting Bhola-3 verdict

By Jyoti Rahman.

Published in BDnews24 on 22 April 2010.

Like all by-elections, Bhola allows new opportunities for the opposition as well as the ruling party to prove their case. But this piece argues that there is also the risk of over-interpretation.

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Lessons in Democracy From Bangladesh

Jalal Alamgir

Published in the Nation, 26 February 2009.

Elections have always been a tumultuous affair in Bangladesh. December 29, 2008, was no different. On that sunny winter day, more than 70 million lined up to vote, and heartily replaced a two-year-long state of emergency with a parliamentary government.

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Getting the math right

January 12, 2009

THE ninth parliamentary elections in Bangladesh saw a landslide victory for the Awami League. The high-turnout election also saw Bangladeshi voters turn away from the BNP and its alliance partner, Jamaat-e-Islami.

The Jamaat, which had captured 17 seats in the 2001 parliamentary elections, was reduced to 2 seats in the 300-seat parliament in the 2008 elections. For Jamaat in particular and religion-based politics in general, it was a resounding electoral defeat. Continue reading

Whither Nationalist Politics?

Jyoti Rahman

Published in the Forum on January 2009

In the election of December 29, 2008, voters unequivocally rejected nationalist politics — the BNP-led alliance garnered around 37 per cent of the votes cast, against the Grand Alliance’s approximately 57 per cent. But what caused the collapse in the nationalist alliance’s support? Most post-election analysis of the BNP politics explores this question. Another question speculates on what will the BNP leadership do after this debacle?

The focus of this piece is broader than just this election, the recent past, or the near future. The aim is to explore what might happen to nationalist politics — by which I mean the political coalition put together by Ziaur Rahman in the 1970s, and its successors in the subsequent decades — over the coming years. Continue reading

Why AL Won

Syeed Ahamed

Published in the Forum on January 2009

The Awami League has won the National Election 2008 by a stunning landslide for many solid reasons including some indefensible faults of its opponent. In a pre-election analysis Jyoti Rahman and I identified five decisive factors which were likely to determine the results of this election.1

In the absence of a credible exit-poll, this article revaluates those determinants and correlates them with the final election results to see exactly what happened on December 29, 2008. Continue reading

What Sheikh Hasina should do now

Mridul Chowdhury
Publised in the Daily Star on 31 Dec 2008.

WE have made history! Not only in the national context, but also in the global context. Just when many were thinking that our country was increasingly falling within the grip of Islamic fundamentalists and that their religion-based fear-mongering campaigning was working, the people of this nation have spoken with decisiveness.
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Yes, I voted

Naeem Mohaiemen

Published by the Daily Star on 30 Dec 2008.

8:00 We arrive at City College punctually. But, hmm, looks like everyone else had the same idea, only half an hour earlier than us. The lines are long and snake around the corner. On women’s line I spot Khushi Kabir (Nijera Kori), on men’s line Anisul Hoque (Prothom Alo). Bujhlam, they’re my neighbours in Dhanmondi.
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