Managing Sulking Opposition in Bangladesh

The overwhelming success of the Awami League has become a problem of plenty as it has led to allegations of rigging of the polls and hugely sulking opposition. Electoral irregularities like stamping ballot papers the night before the election and ballot stuffing through capturing booths took place in 47 out of 50 constituencies surveyed, says a Transparency International Bangladesh study. Other irregularities include silent role of law enforcers and administrative officers, casting fake votes, barring voters from going to polling stations, forcing voters to cast vote for a specific symbol and barring polling agents to go to centres and so on. The report was rejected by the Elections Commission of Bangladesh. The other challenge for Hasina is assuaging some members of the internationally community such as the United States and the European Union who are demanding investigations in the allegations of electoral violence. To assuage them and also the opposition Hasina has called for national unity, which has been summarily rejected.....................

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