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‘Large-scale uncontested MPs a concern’

Update : 24 Mar 2014, 09:39 PM

Visiting former chief election commissioner of India Dr SY Quraishi has said there is nothing wrong with uncontested election until it takes place extensively.

“Uncontested election also happens in India. There is nothing wrong...But, if a large number of MPs are elected unopposed, then I’ll have to think about what I’ll have to do in such situation. Because, this sort of situation never happened in India,” he told a seminar in the city yesterday.

He said Indian elections never missed the deadline, and the credibility never challenged.

 A total of 153 lawmakers were elected unopposed in the January 5 election.

 Dr Quraishi is visiting Bangladesh as part of a curtain raiser to the 16th Lok Sabha elections in India scheduled to be held from April 7 to May 12.

He said: “...boycott of election is totally democratic and none should prevent or force anyone to exercise their franchise or not.”

 He also expressed concern over the role of money power during polls and criminalisation of electoral politics.

ATM Shamsul Huda, the former CEC, said it would be helpful for Bangladesh to gain experience from the Indian electoral system.

Brac Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Brac University organised the event titled “Understanding India’s General Elections: 2014” at the Daily Star Centre. Barrister Manzoor Hasan, institutional adviser of BIGD, chaired the seminar, which was also attended by Brig Gen (retd) Sakhawat Hossain, a former election commissioner, among other civil society members.

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