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Free, Fair and Credible Election and Democratic Governance in Bangladesh: How Far the Dream of Success?

Awal Hossain Mollah*

Faculty Member, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

*Corresponding Author:
Awal Hossain Mollah
Faculty Member, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh
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Received date: June 25, 2016; Accepted date: September 12, 2016; Published date: September 15, 2016

Citation: Mollah AH (2016) Free, Fair and Credible Election and Democratic Governance in Bangladesh: How Far the Dream of Success?. Review Pub Administration Manag 4:193. doi:10.4172/2315-7844.1000193

Copyright: © 2016 Mollah AH. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited

Abstract

The paper has evaluated the relation between the free, fair and credible election and democratic governance in Bangladesh. The paper is a descriptive and qualitative in nature and mainly based on secondary literature. For doing this study, conceptual clarification has been done first and identified few elements of free, fair and credible elections. Then, how far these elements have been ensured in Bangladeshi elections has been evaluated by analyzing all the national elections held since independence. Apart from these, major factors and challenges of holding a free, fair and credible election in Bangladesh have been examined Major findings of this study are: Since the independence of Bangladesh, 10 national elections held in various regimes. 4 out of 10 national elections have been found free, fair and credible which have been conducted by the non-party caretaker government. Rests of the elections are not out of controversy and full of manipulation held under elected government. The present AL government is elected by the 10th parliamentary election under incumbent (AL) government, but a major opposition allies (20 parties) lead by BNP boycotted this election and 154 of the total 300 seats being uncontested. As a result, AL again came to the power without a competitive election and most of the national and International election observers including media world consider this election as unfair and the government is suffering from lack of legitimacy which creates political pressure for another interim election and need a permanent solution.

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