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A cruel joke from EC



ON JANUARY 3, I received a message on my mobile phone; it was a government information text issued by the Election Commission.
It said, ‘Apnar vote apnar gonotantrik odhikar, apnar vote, apnar pochhondo. Dayittoshil bhabe pochhonder prarthike, dekhe shuney, bujhe apnar vote din’, which roughly translates into ‘Vote is your democratic right, your vote is your preference. Vote your preferred candidate. Cast your vote carefully.’
How can the Election Commission send such a message? It is audacious, it reflects total disregard to people’s feelings and their rights.
A total of 153 candidates have already been elected uncontested and 47 candidates elected through rigging.
We have come to know that Awami League MP Sheikh Afil Uddin has been caught on tape instructing party loyalists how to vote again and again: ‘A hundred boys will always be in the queue. One will go inside the booth and then stand at the end of the line again.’ The instruction is meticulous and lengthy; it is shameful. If such people are at the helm of the country, then our future is doomed.
In the one-sided January 5 election, the government has deprived a vast majority of the people of their basic rights through its autocratic decision. The country is falling to pieces.
Nur Jahan
Chittagong




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A cruel joke from EC

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