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Shujan urges citizens to be vocal on voting rights

  • Published at 05:46 am July 1st, 2018
Shujan held the discussion on Saturday to explore public views on the upcoming Sylhet city pollsJohura Akter Pritu/Dhaka Tribune

Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) leaders made the call at a discussion held at a hotel in Sylhet on Saturday

Putting utmost importance on fair and impartial elections in a democratic nation, a civil society platform has called upon citizens to be vocal and active about their right to vote, to ensure that the upcoming city corporation polls are held in an inclusive and peaceful manner.

Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) leaders made the call at a discussion held at a hotel in Sylhet on Saturday. The program was organized to explore people’s views on the upcoming Sylhet City Corporation polls scheduled on July 30, said a press release.

Stating that regulated election results in a controlled democracy, is not really a democracy, Shujan Central Secretary Dr Badiul Alam Majumder said: “Election is a peaceful and systematic way of changing power.

“If the process stops, power changes through unconventional or violent ways, and no one wants that to happen.”

He added that there is no alternative to holding a fair, impartial, and peaceful election in a democratic system.

“Fair elections were held in Narayanganj, Comilla, and Rangpur under the current Election Commission. However, polls in Khulna and Gazipur city corporations were held in a controlled manner,” said Dr Badiul.

He then urged the people to be vocal about their voting rights in the next polls.

To ensure a fair and peaceful Sylhet City Corporation election, Majumder proposed banning the use of illegal funds in the polls, ensuring freedom of campaigning under the regulations for all candidates and their supporters, and preventing polling agents from being kicked out of the centres.

He added that voters must be provided with necessary assistance and information, and the candidates must be monitored properly for any evidence of breaching the electoral code of conduct. 

Shujan secretary of Sylhet district committee Advocate Shah Shahida Akhter, Regional Coordinator Md Abdul Halim, and local women's leaders and youth leaders participated in the discussion among many others.

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