Tuesday, August 19, 2008

US envoy on Elections under emergency; Criminalisation of politics still prevails: Shujan; NBR, cops asked to check vital records of winners in Aug 4 polls

Says US envoy

US Ambassador James F Moriarty yesterday said elections under the state of emergency would not be "that much acceptable" as expected.

The envoy made the remark while talking to reporters after addressing the inaugural ceremony of a joint medical exercise styled "Medical and Dental Civic Action Programme -2008" in the district.

He also expressed his hope that the Election Commission would be able to hold the elections in line with its roadmap.

"The US stands ready to assist Bangladesh in facilitating democratic governance, prosperity and stability," he said.

Shujan says in Aug 4 polls analysis

Easy victory of the candidates, allegedly involved in corruption and crimes, in the August 4 local body polls proves that the country has not got rid of political criminalisation, said Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan).

Political parties are yet to act against political criminalisation while a 'feudal mentality' among voters still persists, said a report prepared by Shujan on the basis of the recent city corporation and municipality polls.

The voters considers partisan loyalty not honesty or competency of a candidate while casting votes, said the report presented by Shujan Secretary Badiul Alam Majumder at the National Press Club yesterday.

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday asked the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and police department to check income tax returns, wealth statements and police records of those elected in the August 4 polls.

The documents submitted to the commission before the elections were sent to the NBR and the office of inspector general of police (IGP) yesterday afternoon, EC Secretariat sources said.

Earlier on August 4, the EC decided to investigate allegations that some of the officials-elect had turned in false or incomplete information.

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