December 12 2008 Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Photo: by: Iqbal Ahmed, DRIK News
Transparent ballot boxes are being sent to different polling centers since yesterday by The Election Commission (EC). The much awaited Parliamentary Election will be held on December 29 of this year.
An official at the law department of Election Commission (EC) was alleged for bribery while issuing nomination cancellation certificate to candidates for the impending 9th general election of Bangladesh. The alleged official along with few staff inside the department have been reported to be engaged to harass the candidates who have only today left to appeal to the Supreme court. And the said certificate is mandatory for any writ application. It was said that EC officials are charging 10 to 50 thousand Taka according to candidate’s portfolio.
Mr. Morshed Murad Ibrahim, a candidate for the Chittagong-9 constituency and Mr. Fakir Ashraf, the Grand Alliance Candidate from Jatiya Party (E) have gone through this bitter experience recently according to a Daily Ittefaq report.
After the long battle of the nation for a corruption free EC it was deemed that finally the country had it. The two year long Caretaker Government was originated partially due to the differences between major political parties regarding the Election Commission. The reformation of EC was a highly prioritized issue for the political parties.
These bribery scandals by the officials of EC exposes the dark side of the institution and puts the nation in a position where it is again questioning its capability to hold a free and fair election, but this time the questioning is coming with some trepidation.