The Election engineering
The phrase, Election engineering, is being used more frequently during these days. Everyone believe that the proposed 2007 election will surely be engineered by BNP.
Lets discuss what is election engineering and how it can be prevented.
Not so black and white.
There is a common believe among these diasporas that the current EC is all bad and the former EC led by Abu Hena was all good. Well, here are some facts,
These are the immediate two past elections in Bangladesh,
1. Dinajpur 1 By election supervised by CEC Aziz and SM Zakaria. It was a Jamaat seat from 2001 became vacant as jamaat leader Kafi died.
AL boycotted the bye election. Manaranjan Shil Gopal, an ex JP men, ran independent and bagged 1,12, 977 vote and defeated Jamaat candidate who bagged only 50,000 votes. Jamaat-BNP used all their means to win back the seat. Jamaat activist were arrested while disbursing money among hired people. However in 2001 Jamaat candidate got 90,000 vote while Gopal got only 40,000 vote.
2. CTG Mayor race was won by AL‘s Mohiuddin Chy by about 100,000 votes. This vote was also supervised by S M Zakaria while Aziz joined within days. Abu Hena already gone. BNP-Jamaat led by Tareq Rahman put maximal weight to defeat Mohiuddin Chy.
3. Then let’s discuss another election when CEC was Abu Hena and EC was janatar mancha famed Shafiur Rahman. It was much talked about Dhaka 10 bye election where Falu defeated Mannan by 30,000 votes, where Falu got 70,000 votes and mannan got 40,000 votes. Abu Hena or Shafiur Rahman had to supervise these shameful farce of an election.