Bangladesh‘s democracy stands at a crossroads with the arrest and conviction of Khaleda Zia, chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main opposition party. Zia, twice prime minister, was recently convicted by a Bangladeshi court and sentenced to five years in prison in a corruption case. Zia was accused of transferring 21 million taka ($252,200) from the Zia Orphanage Trust to her personal account from 2006 to 2008.
Her arrest has plunged the country into uncertainty, especially given that the verdict came down a week after the announcement that Bangladesh would hold a parliamentary election in December. Zia‘s party is the only viable alternative to challenge the present government led by Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League (AL).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is the president of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), officially launched her election campaign on Tuesday.
The general election in Bangladesh is scheduled to be held by the end of the year.
The prime minister offered a prayer at the holy shrine of Muslim saint Hazrat SHajjalal in Sylhet division, some 300 km from the capital Dhaka, and launched her election campaign there.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), another major political stakeholder, is struggling with the political future of its chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia due to a graft case, which is scheduled to be decided in court on Feb. 8.
Political party Bangladesh government and its supporters got more than half the seats in the next parliament(Jatiya Sangsad) the country, even if the polls are not until January , due to opposition boycott left many candidates without challengers , election officials , she said. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League and its allies were assigned 154 of the 300 seats in the Legislature before the election, in an ad is likely to fuel further violence in the country , where fighting between groups supporters and clashes between protesters and police killed more than 100 people by the end of November. As Hasina has pressed ahead with plans to hold elections despite the withdrawal of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party general and its partners in the country , protesters have always used Molotov cocktails and other weapons to impose a series of strikes to put pressure on the government. The opposition says he wants the Prime Minister to resign and allow the creation of a neutral transition government to oversee the election, something Hasina said it is useless. Opposition leaders said the electoral rules can not be , even if Hasina remain in office .
In 1996 elections Political Groups got seats as follows Awami League (146) Bangladesh National Party (BNP) (116) Jatiya Dal (32) Jamaat-e-Islami (3) and Others (3)
As per a roadmap unveiled by the Election Commission, the next parliamentary elections will be held sometime between October 26, 2013 and January 24, 2014 in line with the 15th amendment to the constitution.
Election Commissioner Shah Nawaz Monday said it would be possible for the EC to implement its roadmap for holding the 10th parliamentary elections and other polls for local-government bodies.
“The EC has finalised the roadmap knowing full well whether it would be possible for the commission to implement it,” he told reporters at the Election Commission Secretariat.
He hoped that the constitutional body would be able to implement the roadmap the EC finalised Sunday.
According to the existing laws, the EC would arrange the next general election under the format of government that would
exist during the election time.