• Friday, Feb 03, 2023
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

For the good of democracy

  • Published at 12:12 pm November 19th, 2018
Photo: BIGSTOCK
Photo: BIGSTOCK

It is the solemn responsibility of the opposition to participate in the polls and to give the Bangladeshi people the chance to vote

The opposition’s assurance that they will be participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections is very welcome.

This stands in stark contrast to the situation five years ago, when the opposition boycotted the polls, thereby abdicating their responsibility to the people of Bangladesh.

There will doubtless be many issues and causes of concern in the run up to the election -- here always are --  and the opposition may well feel aggrieved for one reason or another. Indeed, this is to be expected, and no election anywhere in the world can be expected to be free of complaint. 

However, be that as it may, this should not be construed as an excuse for any side to refuse to participate.

At the end of the day, it is the solemn responsibility of the opposition to participate in the polls and to give the Bangladeshi people the chance to vote in a meaningful election. Under no circumstances is it acceptable for them to boycott the upcoming elections, especially given their stance five years ago. 

We are gratified therefore that, this time round, the opposition has made a categorical commitment to participate, and together with the dialogues that have been going on between ruling party and opposition over the past few weeks, we hope that this is a sign of political maturity and of Bangladesh moving towards a more healthy politics that the Bangladeshi people deserve.

In the coming weeks, it is crucial that all parties understand that elections are held for the people, and not for the political parties. Boycotting an election deprives the electorate of their constitutional right to participate in an election. The decision whether to take part in an election should belong to the voters and not to the political parties.

The voters’ wishes must be respected and their democratic rights must be upheld.

By the same token, the Election Commission has a crucial role to play in this regard, in ensuring that fairness remains the name of the game in the upcoming elections and that candidates compete on a level playing field.

Bangladesh has come a long way since its independence 47 years ago, and it is only through adhering to the democratic process that we as a nation have flourished.

The opposition’s participation in the upcoming elections is definitely good for democracy and good for the people of Bangladesh, and we very much hope that they will be true to their word.

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail