This stringer of VOA Bangla Service had been to Barisal , the southern district of Bangladesh.
The usual political activities in Barisal , as elsewhere in the country, has stopped after the promulgation of emergency on January 11,2007. However, people complain that people and parties which are favorite to the government still finds and opportunity to engage themselves in political activities.
But in general , the offices of political parties have remain closed since the promulgation of emergency and local political leaders in Barisal have doubts about the election will at all be held by December this year. They say that unless the emergency is withdrawn, there will be no political activities.