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POST TIME: 22 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
‘Voters’ apathy to put democracy in danger’
UNB, Dhaka

‘Voters’ apathy to put democracy in danger’

Voicing frustration over the poor presence of voters in many places during the upazila polls, Juktafront Chairman Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday warned that the voters' apathy may put democracy in a grave danger. “The government must think why the upazila elections are not participatory ones. The presence of voters is also very thin in many places. The government will have to find out the reasons behind it,” he said.

Speaking at a discussion, B Chowdhury further said, “I fear if the voters get reluctant about election, democracy will fall in serious danger. Nothing can be more alarming than voters' apathy.”

Bangladesh Sharia Andolan, one of the components of Juktafront, organised the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the Independence Day and the organisation's second founding anniversary.

B Chowdhury, also a former president, said political space for opposition parties must be ensured to ensure participatory elections and increase people's interest in voting. “A good government which pursues Bangabandhu's dreams and ideals must think of creating scope for opposition to do politics. Opposition parties are there in all the democratic countries in the world. Democracy is incomplete without opposition parties.”

He said it is the government's responsibility to create an atmosphere where opposition can do politics and participate in the election.

Describing the upazila elections as lopsided ones, the Juktafront chief said the credibility of the election can be put under question when it remains limited to a party. “If we believe in the existence of Bangabandhu, and his politics and dreams, we must free democracy for all.”