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No one wins with political attacks

  • Published at 11:54 pm January 23rd, 2020
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We are gratified to note that the EC has ordered an investigation into the attack

When a candidate for elective office and his supporters come under attack while campaigning, it is democracy that loses. 

Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of any democracy, and when that right is infringed upon, every citizen of this country is demeaned and diminished. 

Therefore, when Tabith Awal, the BNP mayoral candidate for Dhaka North, and his supporters were attacked while campaigning in Gabtoli on Tuesday, it should be seen as an affront not just to him, but to us all. 

The bare minimum standard for a legitimate election must be that candidates are able to campaign without fear for their security. The EC must ensure a level playing field. 

We are gratified to note that the EC has ordered an investigation into the attack and we trust that it recognizes the gravity of the infringement. 

There must be zero tolerance for political violence on the campaign trail.

Both video and photographic evidence is there for the police to examine, and it should not be hard to pinpoint the blame for this incident.

It is incumbent on the authorities that swift action be taken against the culprits to send the message that such hooliganism will not be tolerated and that the voters can have full confidence in these elections.

Ensuring that the incoming mayor will be seen as having a full democratic mandate is crucial to his legitimacy and crucial to his ability to govern effectively. 

Effective governance starts with credible elections, and credible elections start with security for all candidates and voters.