Dr. Ali Riaz is the Chair in the Department of Government & Politics at
Illinois State University . At present he is in Dhaka, Bangladesh taking a
close analytical look at Bangladesh election.
exclusive interview with VOA Bangla, Dr
Riaz analyzes the immediate pre-election situation in Bangladesh. He expects
that despite all odds the upcoming election in Bangladesh would once again pave
the way for democracy in the country. Riaz thinks that a huge proportion of
young voters (about 33%) is going put an impact on election. Although they may
not influence as a whole block, they have certainly compelled the political
parties to take them into account while writing their manifestoes.
also noted qualitative changes amongst the political parties and alliances in
their pre-poll moves and he expects this to continue in the post-election
circumstances. He expects the winner of the election to understand the participatory role of the opposition and the opposition must also gracefully accept their defeat.