In our weekly
call in show Hello Washington listeners
asked questions on local elections in
focusing on the debate whether such elections could be held before the national
parliamentary elections. The guests, who answered live questions from our
listeners in a teleconference line differed in their opinions about the
eligibility of the present military backed caretaker government to hold local
felt that it is very constitutional to separate local bodies' elections from
political elections and, therefore, it is very natural to hold this election
first to keep it free from political parties' influence.
Others felt the
present caretaker government has already crossed the constitutional limits for
holding power for more than ninety days and an unelected government like the
present one in
Bangladesh does not have
rights to hold local elections first. They felt that only an elected
government can arrange the local elections.
Besides, the questions of removing emergency rules also came up during the
Our guests were Prof.Ataur Rahman.Professor of Political Science in Dhaka University
who is also
the President of Bangladesh Political Science Association; Dr Asif Nazrul,
Professor of Law in the University of Dhaka and Mr Nurul Kabir Editor
Dhaka's Major English Daily The New Age who joined the show from New York.