If voter confidence has been shaken in the past, full faith must now be restored to the electoral process
It is Election Day.
Candidates have made their promises, they have campaigned long and hard, and now finally, it is time to vote.
The voting booth is the very symbol of democracy -- it is where the average citizen gets to participate in the selection of a government, one that is of, for, and by the people of the country.
Five years ago, main opposition BNP boycotted the elections, and so voter turnout was questionable, but this time, for the first time in 10 years, we can hope for a truly inclusive election.
The main players have sat at the table and agreed to participate in the polls, and this discussion, for the most part, has been carried out in a civil manner.
This election, then, should not be a one-sided affair, but one that is credible, free, and fair.
But for that to happen, the people of Bangladesh need to go out to the polling stations by the numbers and cast their vote; and while the changes wish to see in the country may not happen overnight, voter participation is what will lay down the foundations that hold up our democratic ideals in the future.
If voter confidence has been shaken in the past, full faith must now be restored to the electoral process, and for that to happen, we must not give in to the forces of indifference and apathy.
It is time for us all, now, to exercise our democratic right, and do our duty to our country -- it is time to vote.