Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik said that the number of businessman candidates increased in the recent Dhaka south and north city corporation elections, comparing to the previous local body elections.
SUJAN, a civil society organisation, also said the Election Commission had failed once again to hold a free, fair and neutral election as the Dhaka city polls were ‘controlled’.
SUJAN came up with the observations at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital on Monday, while making public its analysis of personal information of the winning candidates.
Speaking at the press conference, SUJAN president M Hafizuddin Khan said elections to the two city corporations of Dhaka, had once again proved that the present EC had actually no capability of holding a free, fair and credible election.
‘They failed to hold a free and fair election. The Election Commission has no real intention to hold the election in a free and fair manner, which is ominous for the nation,’ he added.
Although many candidates submitted various allegations of irregularities to the EC, they did not look into it, he added.
SUJAN secretary Badiul Alam Majumder said it seemed that flawed and controlled elections became the new trend in Bangladeshi politics.
The analysis showed that involvement of businessmen in the election-centric politics was increasing which reflect influence of money in the election.
‘This trend might widen commercial perspective among the public representatives instead of their role to serve people. This is a symptom that the trend of de-politicisation is gaining strength,’ SUJAN said in a written statement.
According to the SUJAN analysis, 62 winners, out of the total 73, in mayoral and councilor posts in the DNCC elections, are businessman meaning that 86.30 per cent of the winning candidates are businessman.
In the DNCC election, 72.81 percent of the total candidates were businessman.
Among the winning candidates in 2015 DNCC elections, 68.75 per cent were businessman, according to SUJAN statistics.
In DSCC elections, 76 winning candidates, out of total 101, in mayoral and councilor posts are businessman meaning that 75.25 per cent of the winning candidates are businessmen.
In DSCC election, 73.59 per cent of the total candidates were businessmen.
Among the winning candidates in 2015 DSCC elections, 80.26 per cent were businessman, according to the statistics.
Badiul said voters were insulted in the name of election.
The EC failed to dispel voters’ concern and lack of confidence on the electronic voting machines through this election. Rather the concerns deepened, he said.
‘This concern and lack of confidence have created serious risk of collapsing our electoral system. We might proceed into an ominous future if the peaceful system of power transition is blocked,’ he added.
Dhaka University Professor Robaet Ferdous spoke on the occasion.
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